Strand Theatre

20 Commercial Street,
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

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Strand Theatre

Opened on January 22, 1912 as the Orpheum Theatre, this house was renamed the Bijou Theatre on February 5, 1914. It was taken over by the Famous Players circuit in late-1935, when it was renamed the Strand Theatre. The theatre closed in 1958. After being used for some time as a furniture store, the building was demolished.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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ScreenClassic on June 19, 2011 at 12:36 am

After the Strand closed, Fletcher’s Furniture bought the theatre building, renovated and expanded into it. When Fletcher’s relocated around 1996, the building was renovated for retail on the main floor, along with an art studio and gallery on the upper floor in what had been the balcony area of the Strand portion of the building. It was demolished, along with neighboring buildings on Commercial Street, in the fall of 2005 to make way for construction of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

rivest266 on October 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

This opened as Orpheum on January 22nd, 1912.

Found on It reopened as Bijou theatre on February 5th, 1914. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

Reopened late 1935 as the Strand:

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No ads was bought for this theatre when it opened.

rivest266 on October 22, 2017 at 8:45 am

Reopened on August 1st, 1951

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