Strand Theatre

810 Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23221

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Strand Theatre

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The Bijou Theatre opened with vaudeville in 1905. It replaced an earlier Bijou Theatre at 714 E. Broad Street. Soon movies had been added to the program. In 1909, the Lubin Theatre (later Regent, Isis, Park) was opened adjacent to the Bijou Theatre.

The Bijou Theatre was closed in 1933 for renovations, reopening later that year as the Strand Theatre. The Strand Theatre was closed in 1938, and was converted into a bowling alley. This was later demolished and on the site now stands the Library of Virginia.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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cmastersin
cmastersin on December 22, 2012 at 8:42 am

It’s about time that someone put this theater on here.How about adding other downtown theaters to cinema treasures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

The Richmond Times-Dispatch of March 5, 1902, said that Jake Wells had returned from a visit to New York during which he had consulted architect Fuller Claflin and visited some of the city’s newest theaters in preparation for replacing his Richmond Bijou. Claflin’s firm, the Amalgamated Theatre Building Association, subsequently designed several houses for Wells’s Bijou Theatre Company, including the new Bijou in Richmond, the chain’s flagship.

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