Strand Theatre

251 Front Street,
Hempstead, NY 11550

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The Karl Theatre was opened in 1913. It was renamed Strand Theatre when it was acquired by Salvatore Calderone in 1914 as the first playhouse of many he would later build or operate. Because it didn’t totally satisfy his requirements he built the Hempstead Theater in 1920. The Strand Theatre closed in 1922 because of some buildings violations. When they were resolved it reopened only to close again in 1926 since it was losing money.

In 1928 the Salvation Army was housed there.

Contributed by robert boehm

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robboehm
robboehm on October 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

Thanks for the back story. Love to know your sources. They might help me on a couple of other tracking projects.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

There is no current address of 251 Hempstead Ave, but all signs seem to point to this building being located near the north east corner of N. Franklin and Front Streets. Currently, there is a parking lot for a shopping center, which includes a large Korean supermarket closest to the corner. I’ve adjusted the street view accordingly, pending more accurate information. The old view had us several blocks to the east.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I also note in one of the ads posted by RidgewoodKen, the O'Conner-Radin Circuit operated the Arcade Theatre in Lynbrook, which later became the Studio 1. As for the Lyric Theatre in Rockville Centre, there is no listing on CT for such a place… yet. Unless, could this have been a previous name for the long extinct Strand Theatre?

robboehm
robboehm on October 5, 2013 at 4:07 am

Not likely Ed. A theater with a seating capacity well over a thousand in this time period, and on Long Island?

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