Strand Theater

1915 2nd Avenue N.,
Birmingham, AL 35203

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Backseater on September 14, 2017 at 9:17 pm

I believe I may have seen the last film shown at the Strand—“Tower of London” starring Vincent Price. I was only 17, but definitely remember Vincent chewing the scenery.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

The opening of the Strand Theatre was noted in the October 2, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The opening of the new Strand theater in Birmingham, Ala., occurred Thursday. This house is to run all feature photoplays. The first star seen was Mary Pickford in ‘Esmeralda.’ The theater is doing a splendid business.”
October 2 was a Saturday, so (assuming that the magazine’s news was timely) the Strand opened on September 30.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

The web site Birmingham Rewound has some interesting information about the Strand and about its next-door neighbor, the Capitol Theatre. In 1948, the Capitol was renamed the Newmar Theatre, but a few years later that house closed, and the operators took over the Strand and renamed it the Newmar. This name remained until September, 1959, when the house went back to being the Strand. The Strand closed on November 28, 1962, and was demolished in August, 1963.