Strand Theatre

204 Person Street,
Fayetteville, NC 28301

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Strand Theatre

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Opened in 1908 as the New Auditorium. It was renamed Opera House by 1915. Later renamed Lafayette Auditorium, it had become the Stand Theatre by 1943. Seating was listed at 1,000. By no means a small theatre. The theatre closed in 1950 when it was destroyed by fire. The remains were demolished.

Any additional information on the Strand Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck, Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

The Strand Theatre was at the southeast corner of Person and Dick Streets. Due to street realignment, its site is now covered partly by the intersection of Person and Franklin Streets, and partly by a triangular park just west of the intersection.

The Strand opened as the New Auditorium in 1908, though it had the name Opera House on its parapet, and it was listed as the Opera House in the 1915-16 Fayetteville City Directory. Later it was known as LaFayette Auditorium, and it eventually became a movie house as the Strand Theatre. It was destroyed by a fire in 1950.

I’ve been unable to discover when it was renamed the Strand, but it must have been after an earlier Strand Theatre, opened on Hay Street in 1916, was either closed or renamed. It was listed as the Strand in both the 1943 and the 1948-49 city directories.

This is an early photo of the New Auditorium from the New York Public Library digital image collection. The view is south across Person Street, with Dick Street at the right.

Here is the modern Street View of the theater’s location.

jrp0610 on September 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I grew up in Fayetteville NC….Never heard of this one…See it was destroyed 10 years before I was born …..Saw many films in the early 70’s at the Colony, Carolina, Miracle, and Broadway theatres….I remember the Towne theatre on the corner of Hay street, but it only showed X rated films….There is no mention of it here or anywhere else that I’ve seen…..

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