Strand Theatre

136 Fall Street,
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

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lrgvanman on June 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I lived in Seneca Falls within 1964 and 1969 as a child. Saturday double feature matinees at the Strand were a fond memory as this theater was quite a family spot. It seems, if my memory serves me right, circa 1968 was an ownership or management change. I seem to remember a venue change, possibly to Adult? Please forgive me if I am wrong. I had also heard that it had burned down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

A photo on page 103 of Seneca Falls, by Frances T. Barbieri and Kathy Jans-Duffy, shows this block of Fall Street with the church just down the block from the theater. The caption says the house was originally called the Fisher Theatre. (Google books preview.)

The October 9, 1915, issue of The Auburn Citizen reported that the Fisher Theatre in Seneca Falls had opened the previous night. The Friday opening featured a three-act musical comedy called “Tonight’s the Night”, and a vaudeville show and movies were scheduled for Saturday night.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

Open ~1930-~1990? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Owned by Schine Theaters 1940-1961.

More info and photos are always welcome.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

Boxoffice of November 13, 1961, had an item about the sale of the Strand Theatre at Seneca Falls. The seller was the village board, and the buyers were Oliver and Adelyne Acheson, theater operators from Syracuse. The Achesons intended to renovate the house and reopen it.

The item said the Strand had been “…built about 40 years ago by Fred Fisher and later was sold to the Schine Theatre circuit.” A later owner, Clinton Young, had sold the theater to the village.

The last mention I’ve found of the Strand in Boxoffice is from September 19, 1977, when it is mentioned in passing as one of the theaters operated by Conrad Zurich, who also operated the Hollywood Theatre in Syracuse.