Strand Theatre

241 Broadway,
Chelsea, MA 02150

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A single screen neighborhood theatre built during the early to mid-1910’s. Originally called the Empire Theatre name changed when it was bought by the Strand Theater chain.

The Strand Theatre continued into the 1940’s and was still operating in 1950.

Contributed by Edward Findlay

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

Open till ~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Owned 1935-1940 by Margret Theater Circuit.

Can always use more info and photos.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

It was still open in 1957 per parade shots on page 118 of this book: View link

Online yearly reports from the Chief of the Massachusetts District Police who inspected theatres and movie cinemas in the state shows that in 1914, the first year individual theatres and their inspections were reported, Empire Theatre Company held the license to operate the theatre. 1917 that license is held by the Chelsea Olympia Company who operated Gordon’s Theatre.

In 1920 it is stated that the license is held by the Star Photo Company and the theatre is named the Strand Theatre.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Found online a revenue state report that the Empire Theatre Company was incorporated in 1912 so I assume this is the year of it’s opening as a vaudville/movie theatre.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

It’s listed as the Strand Theatre, with about 900 seats and open 7 days per week, in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

The Strand in Chelsea is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Yearbook as part of the Marget Theatre Circuit, 53 State St. in Boston.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm

View link

Aerial view of Chelsea shows it is still standing in 1955

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm

sorry about link, type in the address and then click on the 1955 photo and it shows it still standing

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive in IL has the MGM Theatre Report for the Stand in Chelsea. Listed at 241 Broadway; in Fair condition; built about 1910, showing MGM product for over 10 years. 900 seats. There is an exterior photo dated March 1941.

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