Strand Theatre

4730 Grand River Avenue,
Detroit, MI

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The Strand was another work of C. Howard Crane, opening in 1915. The theater was originally part of the Kunsky circuit, and sat nearly 1400.

In the 10s and 20s, several Hollywood stars, including Mabel Normand, in 1924, appeared in person on the Strand’s stage.

The Strand was closed in 1958, and demolished not long after.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 29, 2007 at 4:46 pm

This lawsuit discusses the Broadway-Strand theater in Detroit in the late twenties. I imagine this is another theater, but I don’t have any additional information to rely on:
http://tinyurl.com/37ojo3

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 12:09 pm

A Hillgreen-Lane theater organ opus 416 size 3/13 was installed in the Strand Theater in 1915 at a cost of $3,875.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

The following comes from The Moving Picture World July 1915:

“John H. Kunsky says that the new Strand theater, at Grand River and 14th streets, Detroit, will be unusual In Its decorative features, and that It will even surpass the Alhambra theater, which so far Is considered his most beautiful playhouse. His artists are working out the garden effect scheme of decorating in a most novel way. All of the scenic work will be done by the Kunsky Scenic Company, recently organized by Mr. Kunsky and George Trendle.

The Strand will accommodate 1,500 people and will be ready to open by Sept. 1. It could open earlier if Mr. Kunsky wanted things rushed, but he prefers to take his time and have everything done right. The Strand will make Mr. Kunsky’s eighth house. The manager will be Arthur Hoganson, formerly manager of the Garden theater, who resigned on account of ill health a few months ago, but who has recovered sufficiently to be back on the job again. He will take the place of the various Kunsky managers while on their vacations until the Strand opens".

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