Strand Twin Theatres

618 Hill Avenue,
Grafton, ND 58237

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One family has owned this theater since the 1930’s and it is the only surviving theater in Grafton. It caught fire in 1945 and was rebuilt soon after. The balcony was transformed into a second screen in 1977.

Contributed by Andrea Wollitz

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teecee on March 1, 2005 at 6:05 am

Recent photo here:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 18, 2005 at 12:42 pm

Color photo of the Strand Twin can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 10, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004

Strand Theatre (added 2004 – Building – #04000299)
Also known as 32 WA587;New Streand, Strand Twin Theatre, Deluxe Theatre
618 Hill Ave., Grafton
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Geston and Hanson, Crosier, Perry E. and Son
Architectural Style: Moderne
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 5:54 am

This is another photo of the Strand Twin Theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2009 at 11:53 am

Here is another 1987 photo.

irishfreckledsongbird on August 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

First off this site is not showing the theater until you turn the cursor and go down the street. It belonged in the Henriksen Family for 3 generations with Tommy Reid Henriksen still operating it. It burned down and was rebuilt in 1945-1947. Was listed on National Register before 2004. Because of digital conversions for all theaters becoming a neccessity, Tommy had to sign the building over to an organization called the SOS, Save Our Strand, which applied for non-profit status. One digital has been ordered along with two new screens. Tommy still serves popcorn with real butter, staff is friendly, building is receiving gradual remodeling and the SOS would appreciate any tax deductible contributions to keep this historic place alive. The prices are extremely reasonable and this has been Tommy’s whole life, worked behind the counter as a kid selling concessions. Take the time to make a trip and see it before digital comes if you can. Downstairs has Digital Theater System Surround Sound and roomy seats and aisles. It’s worth your time to go back in time!

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