Strand Theatre

20 Commercial Street,
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

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Strand Theatre

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Opened in 1912 as the Orpheum Theatre, this house was renamed the Bijou Theatre in 1914. It was taken over by the Famous Players circuit in 1935, when it was renamed the Strand Theatre. The theatre closed in 1957. After being used for some time as a furniture store, the building was demolished.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on June 19, 2011 at 8:36 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.

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