Strand Theatre

565 Congress Street,
Portland, ME 04101

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Strand Theatre

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The Strand Theatre opened on June 3, 1918. A Wurlitzer theatre organ Opus 1778, Style 260SP was shipped to the Strand Theatre on October 31, 1927. The Strand Theatre was still listed as operating in 1951.

Any further information on this Thomas Lamb designed theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Prior to the Wurlitzer organ, the Strand had an Austin organ opus 538 size 3/15 installed in 1917. Note: Moved from Nickel Theatre, Portland Maine; Additions: 3 ranks and three-manual console.

maleman
maleman on August 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Anyone have any pics of this Theater? I know where this Theatre was
but have never seen any pics.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

No photo yet, but here) is a postcard view of Congress Street circa 1925 with the Strand on the right side.

isaacthelocals
isaacthelocals on March 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I attended the Strand as a youngster in Portland , Maine . Does anyone know why it closed , or as its not listed as being demolished , i can assume the building has been coverted to some other use.

Any info. as to whether or not any of the original theater is still intact ? I feel its such a loss to have all these great old movie palaces demolished or closed ..thanks ! Isaac B Shainblum

spectrum
spectrum on August 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I checked the google maps. The lobby portion is intact, now retail and restaurants, but the auditorium has been demolished and is now a parking lot.

Ewing
Ewing on September 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

The 1955 film The Virgin Queen world premiered here! (Does anybody know why?)

Don_Penta
Don_Penta on March 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

Yes, Bette Davis and her husband Gary Merrill were Cape Elizabeth residents. My mother and I attended the film as Bette’s daughter Barbara and I were class-mates at Waynflete School. I remember that Faye Emerson was one of the attendees.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This house was in operation prior to 1918. The February 2, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item datelined Portland:

“Extensive improvements costing $100,000 are being made to the Strand theater at 565 Congress street. House will reopen under management of W. E. Reeves.”
An item in The American Contractor of the same date listed the Strand project as involving additions and alterations. The house was owned by the Nickel Amusement Company. lostmemory’s first comment on this theater notes the Austin organ moved from the Nickel Theatre to the Strand in 1917.

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