Strand Theater

609 Main Street,
Danville, VA 24541

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vwiles34 on August 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

I have a great interest in any photos,paintings,poster’s or anything showing the Strand Theatre or Hotel Leeland during it’s early year’s.I work and live at the Leeland.But haven’t been able to see inside the area the theatre was in.But can say the owner has no interest in opening the theatre under any circumstances.Also I saw where Hile’s was mentioned several times.So want to let you know Hile’s closed in 2016 after about 85 years in that location.And there are no plans on renting that space.It will be used for storage for the hotel.Which is still in operation.As it has been in continuous operation since it was built over 100 yrs ago.But was happy to see this site as I’m often ask question’s about the Strand and find this to be my best source yet to get any details.

hsc on April 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

Was the gift shop mentioned here called “Hiles”?

Many years ago, I went in a gift shop by that name that was at the top of Main St., around the Hotel Leeland.

I seem to remember the place as being rather ornate for a commercial space, with marble floors and a striking crystal lighting fixture, but it’s probably been more than 45 years since I was there, and I might be plugging in the details from some other store in some other city.

But if this gift shop was Hiles, did some remnants of the Strand lobby decor remain?

jthackworth2000 on November 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Just added a photo of the proscenium arch of the Strand. I took it a while back while the store owner took me through.

24541 on November 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The “theater” space was converted to retail space more than 80 years ago. If you go in there, you would not know it there was ever a theater there. The photograph on this page is the Hotel Danville, which is where the Capital Theater was located. The Strand was directly across the street in the Hotel Leland building which is not pictured.

ghamilton on July 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

How can the theater be “too far gone”?? The building seems sound.Has ANYONE seen the place inside?

Patsy on April 12, 2005 at 1:38 am

Hackworth: I shall do so!

jthack132 on April 12, 2005 at 12:55 am

I have talked with the owners of the property and there is no chance that the property will be restored. The theatre is to far gone and would have been an over extension of money and time. The interest is simply not there. All I ask is that people keep the memories alive and help save others from destruction. If you ever visit Danville,VA please takethe time to visit the newly renovated Historic North Theatre.

jthack132 on February 8, 2005 at 4:43 pm

Some well known figures that visited the Hotel Leeland were John Dillinger and Roy Rogers.

If you would like to lend verbal support for the restoration of the Strand Theatre please contact the following people.

Liz Sater:

You may also contact various members of Danville City Council. You can get their e-mails at the City website:

If you would like to make a donation towards helping save the Strand, please e-mail me first and I will give you the needed information.

Patsy on January 30, 2005 at 7:58 pm

Hackworth: I sent an email to Lizbeth in hopes that my words encourage and enlighten!

jthack132 on January 26, 2005 at 2:22 pm

The Strand was not featured on tuesday due to technical problems with the website. It will appear sometime this week or weekend.

jthack132 on January 19, 2005 at 11:46 pm

The Strand Theatre story will be coming to the Preservation 911 site soon , with COLOR PHOTOS !!

jthack132 on January 18, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Dorthy Nesbitt is no longer the director of the Downtown Danville Association. The new director is a lady named Liz Sater. If anyone would like to contact her visit and there is some contact info on there. The owners of the property are well known in Danville for letting their property more or less fall to the ground before they do anything to it or attempt to do anything to it. I, myself, would be interested in buying the gift shop out and the restaurant to completely gut and restore the theatre if only for a conference center, but I’ve called the property owners and I never get a return on my phone calls. I’m going to try and have an article placed on the preservation 911 website about the theatre with some pics. Keep a look out for it !!

Patsy on December 20, 2004 at 3:59 am

Someone needs to contact this Dorthy Nesbitt and at least inform her of this cinema site and the interest that is out there! Sometimes one spark will start a fire in someone’s belly which in turns help save a theater such as this one!

RobertR on December 16, 2004 at 1:08 am

A theatre sitting empty for 86 years? That has to be a record.

jthack132 on December 16, 2004 at 12:33 am

I am definately sorry that you drove all the way from PA to see the theatre. I hope the shop owner at least let you view what was remaining of the Strand Theatre.

darren on November 30, 2003 at 4:57 am

I would just like to say. We drove all the way to danville from northern pa to look at this theater. When we finally arrived after a 7 hr drive, We searched for 5 hrs for this place. Then we found it. Turned out to be a disappointment for the both of us. It has been turned into a gift shop. There could have been so much potencial there but know it has been taking away… Please help save the old historic theaters….