Strand Theatre

111 4th Street,
Monett, MO 65708

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The Strand Theatre was operating prior to 1941, when at that time it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. They still operated the Strand Theatre in 1950.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

The Strand Theatre was at one end of the building that was built in 1910 as the Martin Hotel. About 1947, the hotel closed and was converted into a factory for the Vaisey-Bristol Shoe Company. By sometime the 1950s, the factory had taken over the entire building, including the theater space.

At some point the building was expanded along the entire block of Front Street to 5th Street. It’s possible that the auditorium portion of the theater was demolished as part of this expansion, or it might have been incorporated into the expansion, but it’s impossible to tell from the aerial views of the structure.

After the shoe factory moved out, the ground floor of the 4th Street side of the building, which had been extensively altered, was returned to something more closely resembling the row of storefronts it had featured when it was a hotel, but the location of the Strand’s entrance is still closed up. The building now houses a tire retailer and brake repair shop.

There are photos from ca. 1947 and from the 1950s on page 35 of the book Monett, by Elaine L. Orr (Google Books preview.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I should add that I’ve found no evidence to show that the theater was opened as part of the hotel project in 1910. It might have been added sometime later, either converted entirely from existing space, or with a new auditorium added behind the hotel and its entrance in former retail space.

The house might also have operated under a different name in its early years. I’ve found references to theaters called the Rialto (1924) and the Gem (1926) operating in Monett in the 1920s, but no details about either of them. So far I haven’t found the Strand mentioned in any of the trade journals.

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