Strand Theatre

12 N. 8th Street,
Allentown, PA 18101

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Strand Theatre

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Opened as the Strand Theatre on October 8, 1917. Later it became the Cinema, when in the 1940’s and early-1950’s it was listed with 1,000 seats. Later back to the Strand Theatre the seating was listed at 794. It was located on N. 8th Street just west of W. Hamilton Street.

One of about a dozen theatres located in the main business district of Allentown. I coudn’t find a closing date for the Strand Theatre.

Contributed by Chuck

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drumrboy36
drumrboy36 on August 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I watched this theatre as it was being torn down. What a waste. I went into the rubble and salvaged a piece of decorative plaster that I still have in a showcase. I lived accross the streat from this theater. Allentown is a ghost of its former self and never appreciated its movie palaces.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The December 1, 1917, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Strand Theatre in Allentown had opened on October 8th. The Strand was designed by local architects Ruhe & Lange.

Wallace E. Ruhe was the lead architect of this firm, and Robert Lange apparently handled the business end of their projects.

bwmoll3
bwmoll3 on July 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

The theater had closed in the 1950s I believe, as by the early 1960s, the marquee was there and it was a large card shop that was in the lobby.

bwmoll3
bwmoll3 on August 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Torn down in June 1987 along with a pizza place next door. Also the Earl Theater was next to the pizza shop which was torn down in 1961.

The area now is a large asphalt parking lot

bwmoll3
bwmoll3 on August 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strand_Theater%28Allentown,Pennsylvania%29

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