Strand Theatre

23 Nelson Avenue,
Great Kills, NY 10308

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Strand on Nelson Avenue near Amboy Road

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Located in the Great Kills district of Staten Island. “My mother and I would go on Monday nights (circa-1933) because that is the night they gave away free dishes. On weekends, admission was 10 cents for kids. They showed Western serials, comics – we’d be there for hours.”

The theater has been expanded and converted into a restaurant.

Contributed by Liv Ingrid Kristoffersen Macken

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Jean
Jean on September 7, 2002 at 6:24 am

Located in Great Kills on Staten Island, the current occupant is the restaurant “ARIRANG.”

Garth
Garth on September 14, 2004 at 5:26 pm

the website oldstatenisland.tripod.com has a great photo of this theatre.

Fulham
Fulham on November 30, 2004 at 12:40 pm

As a result of garth’s comment I paid a visit to the oldstatenisland website and had a wave of nostalgia overtake me. The last time I saw the Strand was in 1948. As a kid living in Brooklyn, a visit to my aunt and uncle, who lived in Elltingville. was a trip to the country. This was the pre Verrazano bridge period. The only theatre in the area was the Strand in Great Kills…the next town down the line. I remember vividly walking a couple miles on a dirt road one night to get to the Strand; all the while listening to a baseball game on my portable radio. It was a great little theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 4:57 pm

The Arirang Restaurant is currently located at 23 Nelson. 15 Nelson is a post office, so something is amiss. Perhaps someone local has more information on this.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Maybe the theater address is 23 Nelson. I don’t know.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 5:18 pm

I can’t tell either.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 5:19 pm

There are addresses on buildings on both sides, though. The house on the right looks like 25.

elsquared
elsquared on June 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I can’t post the photos I took today, but I’ll try to describe what the area looks like. The given address of 15 Nelson Avenue is basically a driveway and an empty lot. On one side is a Subway sandwich shop (address 5 Nelson Ave.), on the other is a tax preparation business (address 17 Nelson Ave.) The location in the photo shown here has been closed up, but would be number 23. However, the building next door seems to show a number 23, which could explain the number 23A for the restaurant. The actual entrance to the restaurant is around the corner on Locust Place. From here, you get a decent view of the entire theatre building, which is taller than anything on the block.

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