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The Strand Theatre first opened in 1941 and was one of the last theatres built in Queens before the WWII ban on new construction. The auditorium was in the stadium-style, with a raised section of seats at the rear. I’ve often wondered why the Strand Theatre was ever built, since the Astoria section of Queens was already vastly over-seated at the time, with ten theatres including this one.
Operated by the Raybond Circuit, it played last-run for the area, which was dominated by Loew’s Triboro Theatre and five Skouras theatres. But the Strand Theatre survived most if not all of its competetion and operated into the 1980’s, in its last years with XXX movies.
The building still stands, with the entrance converted to stores.
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