Strand Theatre

712 Main Street,
Jewell, IA 50130

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Strand Theatre

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The 200-seat Lyric Theatre was opened prior to 1926. By 1929 the Lyric Theatre is listed, as is a ‘Strand’ Theatre (with no seating capacity). In 1931 a 200-seat Jewell Theatre was listed. In the Film Daily Yearbook of 1933 it is listed as the Grand Theatre as (Closed) with 200 seats. In 1936 it was the Strand Theatre, open, still with 200 seats. By 1940 the Strand Theatre had 350 seats. By 1950 it had 372 seats and the Strand Theatre was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernanddz

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

The town of Jewell spells its name with a double “l” at the end. In early publications it is sometimes referred to as Jewell Junction.

Here is evidence of an earlier theater in Jewell, which might or might not have become the Strand: the October 14, 1916, issue of Motography mentions the Isis Theatre, which had just been purchased by George Peterson, manager of the Grand Theatre at Story City. An item in the December 9 issue of the same publication said that Peterson had bought a lot where he intended to erect a new building for the Isis.

The Strand was almost certainly located on the two block stretch of Main Street between Carmichael Street and Edwards Street that contains virtually all of Jewell’s old business district. Of all the buildings on the street, the one that looks most like it might have been a theater at one time is the one at 712 Main, which houses the Axis Lanes bowling alley. This building housed a bowling alley by the 1960s, and though later long abandoned it was renovated and reopened a few years ago. The building looks to date from the 1910s, which is when the Strand would have been built if it was originally the Isis Theatre.

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