Earl Smith Strand Theatre

117 North Park Square NE,
Marietta, GA 30060

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CSWalczak on May 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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.

RonCarter on June 21, 2011 at 6:32 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.

TLSLOEWS on June 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

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.

Patsy on June 1, 2010 at 5:32 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 on May 31, 2010 at 6:08 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Very nice rehab job.

Patsy on January 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

It’s The All Night Strut…sorry.

Patsy on January 8, 2010 at 1:24 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 on December 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Chuck: Absolutely awesome photos!

Patsy on November 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

After viewing the July 24, 2009 posted photo it looks like the building was pressure cleaned in the renovation process and it looks like the building next door needs it next!

Patsy on November 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

This theatre has undergone a remarkable art deco renovation and I hope to see it this winter along with the Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta GA.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm

If you check the Smyrna Drive-In page on Cinema Treasures, someone posted a comment stating that the Smyrna Drive-In was also called the Fair Oaks.

karatattoo on October 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Mike and Chuck.

The Marietta Drive-In must be the Martin Drive-In that was located on Roswell Road about ½ mile east of the intersection with US Highway 41.

The Georgia Drive-In did not close in 1957. The last film I ever saw at a drive-in (to date), was The French Connection, at the Georgia Drive-In in late 1971.

I think that the Fair Oaks and the Smyrna Drive-Ins may be one in the same, as there is an unincorporated part of Cobb County called Fair Oaks, and the Smyrna Drive-In would have been only one or two miles further south on Atlanta Road.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

The 1975 IMPA lists four drive-ins for Marietta. The Fair Oaks, Georgia, Marbro and Marietta. Car capacity for the Fair Oaks Drive-In was 300 that year. In 1980 three drive-ins are listed for Marietta. The Georgia, Marbro and the Smyrna.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm

YES, There was a FAIR OAKS DRIVE IN in Marietta it parked 300 cars not making it real big BANKHEAD DRIVE IN in Atlanta still a nice drive in. The FAIR OAKS was operated by Martin theatres . Marietta also had the MARIETTA DRIVE IN which was larger with room for 425 cars. It was owned by R.E. MARTIN CIR. no info on a Smyrna Drive in. Maybe someone might know about it.

karatattoo on October 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Where was the Fair Oaks Drive-In located. My family and I have lived in Cobb County for over fifty years, and none of us can remember a drive-in by that name.

Was it renamed as the Smyrna Drive-In in later years?

karatattoo on October 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I attended a showing of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” in 3-D last night(10/22). It was my first time inside the Strand since about 1974. I think the last movie I saw there was “Chinatown”. The theater at this time was definitely showing its age.

The lobby is very different, reminding me of an upscale hotel lobby(very nice). Entering the auditorium, it was as though I had traveled back in time. Although updated, it was essentially the same as I remembered it as a kid going to all those Saturday matinees back in the 1960s.

One of my first impressions, after getting used to big multiplexes with stadium seating, was how small the Strand seemed to be, especially the screen. It didn’t take away from an enjoyable experience at all, and this won’t be the last time I see a movie here.

IA on October 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Worked at Strand, Cobb, Bell, Martin DriveIn and Fair Oaks DriveIn.
1954-1955. City Manager was James Zimmerman. Nice booth in Strand.

WHITEFIELD on July 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Here is a 2009 photo.
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

For comparison, here is a 2006 photo before the renovation. Big difference.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

This is a nice recent photo of the Strand.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Here is a circa 1949 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm

According to their website, the Strand is open. Function….you have the opportunity to see musical productions by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, classic movies, concerts, and more!