Strand Theater

20 Third Street,
Dover, NH 03820

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Strand Theater

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Originally opened in around 1925 with a seating capacity of 900 in orchestra and balcony levels. The balcony has now been divided into two screens with the main orchestra floor remaining intact.

“Now this is a cool old place. It is very old, and very cool. Worth a visit.”

Sadly, the Strand Theatre was closed by Spinelli Theatres in September 2009.

Contributed by John Elwood

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I found a reference to the Publix-Strand Theatre in Dover, N.H., in the May 27, 1930, issue of Motion Picture Times.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 23, 2009 at 5:08 am

The Strand Theatre is visible from the Amtrak Downeaster train (between Boston and Portland)when passing through Dover.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

I have heard that Spinelli cinemas has suddenly gone out of business and that the Strand in Dover has closed. Can anyone confirm?

TrevorBartlett on March 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

The Strand was acquired by Rose Realty in September 2009. Though the marquee still reads “Will reopen in Oct” as of today, the theater is still dark, and apparently taking on water. Rumors of private investors are stirring, tough, and a community group has risen out of Facebook to support reopening the venue as an independent picturehouse.
Check ‘em out at

CSWalczak on March 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Here’s an article about a potential buyer: View link

theauteur on March 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I used to work at the Ioka Theater in Exeter, NH and I am very sad to hear about this theater as well. New Hampshire, and more specifically the piscataqua region or seacoast region of New Hampshire really has nothing left besides that huge/disgusting/ugly/money-making Regal at The Fox Run Mall.

I now currently work at another single screen theater down in Boston, MA…The Stuart Street Playhouse, which used to be known as The Sack 57. I worked briefly at the Somerville Theater, which to me is the best example of a profitable and busy old movie house. I left the Somervile to help The Stuart Street Playhouse take flight. I have been working as a projectionist, but I am extremely interested in attracting people to come to places like this.

It is sad to come home to New Hampshire and not have any place close by to go see a motion picture.

Here is the facebook group started to attract ideas for The Strand’s future… View link

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CSWalczak on August 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

This theater closed earlier this year when Spinelli Cinemas went bankrupt. This article mentions current efforts to sell and reopen the theater: View link

larryclow on September 23, 2010 at 10:15 am

Just an update, folks: The Strand is currently being rented by the Restoration Church of Barrington, NH. The city recently granted them a variance to hold church services there on Sundays. The building’s owner has suggested a second-run theater might be a possibility on days when the church isn’t holding services, but there are no official plans yet. This may be the end of The Strand. Further updates can be found on the Facebook page to which Kyle linked above.

thequesguy on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hey hey people, what was the policy trailer song they always played before the movie. I cant remember, please and thank you

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