Strand Theater

16 Mill Street,
Orono, ME 04473

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Orono had a small Strand Theater which operated prior to 1941 and continued until 1957. I’m guessing the building was probably demolished so I’m just gonna leave it at closed/demolished. If you have anything else on it please do post.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

From Boxoffice of March 16, 1957: “The Strand Theatre, Orono, Me., will close its doors March 25 because of poor business. Connie Russell jr. is the owner.”

Then the April 6 issue of Boxoffice said: “Connie Russell jr. closed the Strand, Orono, Me., and completed plans to turn it into an office building.”

The earliest mention of the Strand I’ve found in the trades is from the September 1, 1932, issue of New England Film News, which listed the house as one of half a dozen theaters in the region that had recently reopened. The item did not mention how long the Strand had been closed.

Cinemalover
Cinemalover on May 31, 2010 at 8:30 pm

so at-least we know it existed just not if it building still stands or not

Cinemalover
Cinemalover on June 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Cinema Tour lists that the Strands address was 76 Main St. and listed it as Old Town, ME

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

16 MILL STREET

This is a way to get answers, even when I’m in Illinois. I emailed Laurie Carpenter Library Director of the Orono Public Library “SERVING THE INFORMATION AND READING NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF ORONO, MAINE” AND CINEMA TREASURES. Laurie gave me the above address and the below paragraph from “ORONO, MAINE, A BICENTENNIAL VIEW” published in 1976.

THANK YOU LAURIE, FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LOOK THIS UP!

“The Strand Theater deserves top billing in any discussion of Orono’s recreation over the past two decades. For thirty-five years it was located on the site of the present day LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store on Mill Street, and in it’s advertisement in the Sequicentennial brochure shows that it was functioning in 1956. In the pre-television era and before the University’s Memorial Union was built the building housed an excellent theater and bowling lanes, the latter on the lower level. It was a popular center of entertainment for adults, children and university students. It also had an educational angle as the management cooperated in scheduling performances of foreign and cultural films recommened by University faculty.”

It does make me wonder if the Uniersity’s Memorial Union had a theater?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The Strand dated back to the silent era. In The Child Called Nanoot, Evangeline H. Commeau’s memoir (Google Books preview), she recalls watching Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, and the Keystone Cops with the accompaniment of a piano played by Madeline Duffey. The Strand was owned by the Goldsmith family, who also owned a men’s haberdashery next door.

It appears that both the Strand and the store have been demolished, the former replaced by a modern building housing the Orono Pharmacy and the latter by its parking lot.

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