Strand Theatre

157 Main Street,
New Britain, CT 06051

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New Britain’s largest theatre was the Strand Theatre, which seated 2,084. It opened November 11, 1926. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was closed September 30, 1972 and was demolished later in 1972.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on October 3, 2007 at 4:57 pm

There’s a picture on page 92 of Images of America: New Britain, Volume I of the staircase to the balcony. The lobby is amazing. “Was as grand as that of any New York Theatre” and was considered one of the largest theatres in New England. In 1972, it was demolished.

There’s another picture on page 124 with an overview of Main Street with the Strand on the right with a 3-sided marquee and the stage house is visible.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 8, 2011 at 2:46 am

In May, 1921, The Bridgemen’s Magazine reported that bids would soon be taken for a theater to be built on Main Street in New Britain for the William Fox company. The projected cost of the project, designed by architect Thomas Lamb, was “about $500,000.”

Could this have been the theater that became the Strand? The item described the house as being two storeys, and 105x130 feet. A photo of the Strand’s exterior would help. The interior photos in the book shoeshoe cited earlier show that the house was certainly ornate enough to have been a Lamb design, though I don’t know if it would have cost half a million dollars.

ahbboss
ahbboss on October 31, 2016 at 8:09 am

My understanding was that the Strand Theater, when completed, cost one million dollars. It was then known as the “Million Dollar Strand” when it opened in 1926. As a youngster in the 1950’s and early 1960’s I saw many great Disney movies there on the giant screen. Alan

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