Strand Theatre

35 East Avenue,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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The Strand in 1940

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The Strand Theatre was opened on August 29, 1921 with Douglas Fairbanks in “The Three Musketeers”. It was a large, balconied movie palace in downtown Pawtucket. It was torn down around the 1960’s.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 4:35 am

In the October 30, 1961 issue of Boxoffice Magazine, an ad was run showing how many mainstream theatres were showing Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, a subtitled Italian movie. This theatre was one of those in Rhode Island. Link to ad, then expand:
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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:41 am

From Boxoffice magazine, February 4, 1956:

“In the most extensive cooperation promotion ever seen in this area, 14 Providence and nearby houses used record-breaking newspaper advertising space in heralding the joint premiere of "The Day the World Ended” and “Phantom from 10,000 Leagues.” Virtually taking over the amusement pages of the local press for several days, the following houses united in the ad: Elmwood, Hope, Uptown, Liberty, Castle, all in this city; Community, Centredale; [u}Strand, Pawtucket[/u]; Union, Attleboro; Hollywood, East Providence; Palace, Cranston; Community, Wakefield; Park, Auburn; Palace, Arctic and Stadium, Woonsocket. A brief checkup of local houses indicated that opening days were solid."

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

Report of bomb-threat hoax, Boxoffice magazine May 28, 1955:
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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 7:12 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, January 15, 1955:

The Pawtucket Strand, closed by an 11-week strike of projectionists, reopened Christmas Day, using independent operators, with “The Last Time I Saw Paris.” Harold Lancaster is manager. The Strand, Pawtucket’s most popular house, has long been ranked as Blackstone Valley’s leading theatre.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

This theatre was part of the September 1923 6th Paramount Week. In this advertisement from the (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 1, 1923, we see a fascinating list of Rhode Island area theatres, many long-gone and long-forgoten, or even unheard of, as well as what they were showing during that week. CLICK HERE

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Gerald A. DeLuca on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand played the Strand in October 1922. THIS AD urges people who missed it in Providence to drive to Pawtucket to see it.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Announcements of what’s playing at Pawtucket and Central Falls movie theatres in November, 1921:

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The Strand Theatre first opened on August 29, 1921. The feature film was The Three Musketeers with Douglas Fairbanks. Here is a newspaper article reporting on that opening.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

ARTICLE IN BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE,, June 22, 1959, about the Strand’s manager Harold Lancaster.

Matinee77idol on August 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

So many good memories of the Strand. At 77 I still remember the blue light around the clock to the left of the screen. Had to keep my eye on the time as I did not want to miss the Broad St. Bus. Now live in Minnesota.

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