Earl Smith Strand Theatre

117 North Park Square NE,
Marietta, GA 30060

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The Strand Theatre

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1935 Art Deco style movie theatre on the northeast corner of Marietta Square. Ceased movie theatre function in 1976. Other functions have included live venue, bar/club and church.

The theatre was in the early stages of preservation/restoration in the early 2000’s. It was reopened in 2009, as a live theatre, with some movie use, and is known as the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Contributed by Erica Taylor

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Patsy
Patsy on December 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Chuck: Absolutely awesome photos!

Patsy
Patsy on January 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

A Year in Revue….A Strand Theatre Spectacular January 8-10..visit the website for more details! www.earlsmithstrand.org

The Strand is also home to Atlanta’s Lyric Theatre with great live productions in 2010 such as Cinderella, The All Night Stut, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Hairspray!

Patsy
Patsy on January 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

It’s The All Night Strut…sorry.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Very nice rehab job.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I have several atricles on this theatre with pictures from the Atlanta papers.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Speaking of Atlanta I saw that there is a new LOEWS HOTEL there open or about to open have you heard of it.Now back on topic send those articals to Nick to post if he has time,or if you have a scanner you could do them,my scanner does not work any more.

Patsy
Patsy on June 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

tislowes and MikeRogers: I see that both of you have provided your email addresses on your profile pages so you both have each others personal email address away from this site. Therefore, please chat about scanners, etc. via your emails rather than here on CT where members are asked to stay on the subject of theatres. Thanks my CT friends.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

O.K. Chuck and Patsy,I hope you send this message to Everyone who gets off topic on these pages,you will be very busy.Have a good day.

RonCarter
RonCarter on June 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The Strand has now been opened 2 and ½ years. We have had over 300 events each in 2009 and 2010. This includes our event space and the auditorium. Eve Grey, a local decorator has completely redone our lobby in Tuscan plaster, to include new door finishes, new counter fronts, and a copper paint on the main lobby ceiling. She is a gem and has really brought back a 30s look from the industrial grade work done by the contractor we hired. We now have a wonderful George Wright four manual theatre organ that was a gift to the Atlanta Chapter of ATOS from Tom Hamilton of Columbus, Ohio. This digital theatre organ replica has 24, 90 lb speaker cabinets placed strategically in the four pipe organ chambers that were constructed during our adaptive restortation. Our efforts to restore the pipe organ have fallen aside but this Allen sounds like a million dollars and the console sits on its own scissors lift that rises from the bottom of the orchesta pit 10ft to concert level. We will have had four silent feature length films and a silent comedy complilation (on July 17)plus the organ is used for private events and parties, weddings and for pre-shows of 17 films for our classic film series in 2011. We attempt to screen all of our films like a delux movie theatre would have done with an organ preshow to include sing-a-long, film introduction, raising the grand curtain as the film begins etc. etc. We are struggling to make ends meet during this economy and still owe 1.5 on our construction loan. Earl Reece the Executive Director is a tremendous person and works tirelessly for the theatre. Rentals are down so he is directing and producing several shows himself. Thanks-Ron Carter-Secretary to the Strand Board, Chairman of the Facilities Committee and House Organist.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 17, 2012 at 1:25 am

The Friends of the Strand are engaged in a fund-raising drive to retire the theater’s renovation debt. Here is a related article that includes a video that shows the exterior and much of the interior.

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