New Strand Theatre

111 E. Third Street,
West Liberty, IA 52776

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New Strand Theatre

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The New Strand Theatre dates from 1910. It is adorned with wooden floors, a balcony, and well crafted plasterworks on its ceilings. The screen is 27'x12' and month-old movies run Friday-Monday for $3. Its restoration in 2001 was recognized by Iowa Governor Vilsack.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 30, 2006 at 6:59 am

This theater was built in 1910 as an opera house and meeting hall for the Knights of Pythias. It became a movie theater sometime in the 1920’s. Here is an older article (2001) on the New Strand theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 30, 2006 at 1:38 pm

This is a small photo of the New Strand auditorium.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Here is a nice photo of the New Strand.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2011 at 12:47 am

Given its 1910 opening, it seems likely that the New Strand is the opera house mentioned in various 1910 issues of The American Contractor. The item in the May 28 issue says:

“Opera House: 43x102. $12,000. West Liberty, Ia. Architects Dieman & Fiske, Cedar Rapids. Owner West Liberty Opera House Co., George Ganse, sec'y, West Liberty. Owner is taking bids. Brick, composition roof, oak finish, maple floors, gas & electric fixtures, lavatories, water closets.”
Architects Charles Dieman and Ferdinand Fiske maintained offices in both Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska, and their firm was among the busiest in the region during their late 19th and early 20th century partnership.

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