Strand Theatre

Union Square and Middle Street,
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Strand Theatre

The Lewiston Theatre was opened December 30, 1914. In August 1916 it was renamed Union Square Theatre. By 1941 it had been renamed Strand Theatre, and at that time it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinanski. The Strand Theatre was still operating in 1950.

It was closed around 1961 and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report card for the Strand; it’s Card # 394. There is an exterior photo made May 1941. Address is Main St. Condition is Good. The theater was over 15 years old, and was showing MGM films. There were 1,203 orchestra seats and 682 balcony seats, total 1,885 seats, which is 1,000 less than what is listed above.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

The May 4, 1985, issue of the Lewiston Journal ran a vintage photo of the Lewiston Theatre which can be seen at Google News.

A brief item about the Union Square Theatre appeared in the September 23, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Lewiston’s Union Square Reopens.

“LEWISTON, ME.—The Union Square theater, Lewiston, reopened Thursday, August 31, under the management of Dennault Bros., of Providence, R. L, who run theaters throughout New England. The bills are given over to photoplays and vaudeville, with musical comedy once a month. An eight-reel play, ‘God’s Country and Women,’ was shown the opening night. E. C. Dennualt is the new local manager. With wide experience and a genial personality, he is sure to be a popular Lewiston theatrical manager.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 22, 2015 at 2:39 am

An article in the February 4, 19611, issue of the Lewiston Evening Journal said that the Lewiston Theatre had opened on December 30, 1914.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 22, 2015 at 4:09 am

Lewiston passed through a time warp in 1961, briefly occupying the year 19611. The good news is that they didn’t bring any future human diseases back with them, but unfortunately they did bring the computer keyboard glitches which have since plagued the world.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

OCRon mentions in his post of 5/22 the Priscilla Theatre. Recently I began looking through the MGM Theatre Report cards in the Theatre Historical Society archive. (cards for ME,NH, RI and VT). So far I have found only one which does not have a listing here in CT – the Priscilla in Lewiston-Auburn. There may be others, too. The report card says the Priscilla is on Pine St., but 116 Blake, around the corner, may have been the correct address. It was operating in 1941.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

There’s much information about the Priscilla (later Belview and then Parkview) on this web page from the Cinema Data Project. If someone wants to submit it to CT go ahead. I’m being run off my feet lately and won’t have the time.

Chris1982 on May 23, 2015 at 6:47 am

Joe, are you related to the Joe Vogel that wrote “Man In The Music”?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I’m not related to the author Joe Vogel as far as I know. It’s not an extremely common surname, but it’s not extremely rare either, so probably only a modest percentage of the Vogels in the United States would be my distant cousins. I grew up in Los Angeles, and back in the 1960s people I met who were in the movie industry sometimes asked if I was related to the Joe Vogel who was then the head of MGM, but I wasn’t.

DavidZornig on October 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

1951 photo added courtesy of

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