Strand Theatre

235 Pike Avenue,
Long Beach, CA

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The Strand Theatre was one of many theatres that once was a part of downtown Long Beach movie going.

Contributed by William Gabel

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DennisM432
DennisM432 on March 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I have 2 friends currently living in Long Beach who played at the Strand. One, Art Claar, played trumpet in the vaudeville band and the other sang at the Strand. I am working on a documentary film about the old movie theaters in Long Beach. I would like to talk to anyone who has any memories or pictures of the old theaters. Contact me at

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 21, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Here is a May 1958 ad from the Long Beach Independent:
http://tinyurl.com/4zcmpx

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Here is an LA Times article dated March 5, 1908. It looks like the new theater was going up on the Pike, but the theater itself is not named.

SURFEIT OF THEATERS

The city, after a famine, is to have a surfeit of playhouses. A deal for a third theater was closed today between the Seaside Water Company and the E.C. Edmundson and R.C. McDonald, former manager of the Long Beach Theater. The site leased is a 58x200 foot lot between the bath-house and the Majestic Rink, and heretofore has been used as a children’s playground. Mr. McDonald has the plans and capital for a modern theater which will be erected at once and will cost $40,000. Meanwhile, the new Tarrytown, a block west, is being built, and the Naples Construction Company today signed contracts to begin work on the Bentley Theater, west of the Majestic Rink.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Here is a December 1947 ad from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/czqhqr

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm

The Strand can be seen in this 1938 photo from the Long Beach library:
http://tinyurl.com/2af84er

BillCounter
BillCounter on April 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Well, it’s not a facade view – but you get the sign for the Strand:

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It’s a vintage postcard view on Card Cow looking west along The Pike with the Bathhouse in the foreground (the columned building) and the steel framework of the Strand sign beyond.

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