Strand Theatre

Union Square and Middle Street,
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Strand Theatre

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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 June 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

The Strand in Lewiston is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac as being run by John Ford, a Paramount affiliate. At that time John Ford/Paramount operated 3 additional theaters in Lewiston: the Empire, the Music Hall, and the Priscilla Theatre. John Ford operated a number of theaters in Maine, plus a few in New Hampshire, Vermont and Mass. The John Ford theaters were not part of Mullin & Pinanski/Paramount at that time, but listed seperately.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 20, 2010 at 3:40 am




This was the largest theater in the state?

January 1, 1915 Lewiston Theater?

1915 renamed Union Square?

1917 renamed Strand?

1920 taken over by Nathan H. Garden & William P. Gray?

1925 owned by Garden & Gray?

1930-1961 Maine & New Hampshire Theaters Co. of Boston?

1940 John Ford (Paramount)?

1961 Closed?

All this info should be verified.

Is the theater still standing? Could use an address, more info, photos or postcards.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 20, 2010 at 5:49 am

From 1950 an image of the Strand Theater on Main Street in Lewiston.

spectrum on November 16, 2010 at 5:28 am

I compared that image above with google street view – found the building in the background with the large arches up top. That looks much better now after renovation but the Strand building is demolished probably long ago – the new building on the site has an early 1960s look to it.

IBLSKeith on July 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Wurlitzer installed their Opus 261 (1919) in the Strand. The organ survives and is being installed in a private residence in Maine

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 21, 2015 at 7:39 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 10:50 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 8:39 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 10:09 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.

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