Strand Theatre

345 Main Street,
Rockland, ME 04841

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The Strand Theatre is an old Art Deco style movie theatre built in 1923, originally with a seating capacity of 600. It stayed open as a movie theatre until 2000 when the local multiplex bought it and closed it. In February 2004, the theatre was purchased by a long-time summer resident with plans to restore it and open it again as a movie theatre.

The Strand Theatre reopened July 3, 2005, with a block party, theatre tours, and a screening of the silent movie “The General” starring Buster Keaton. A new marquee was added. During renovations, workers found the 1940’s marquee underneath the recent marquee. The interior was redone and the current main auditorium has 257 seats. The balcony auditorium has 92 seats, and there is Dolby Digital Sound.

The Strand Theatre is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Donna Daly

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2006 at 1:38 pm

This is a 2004 photo of the Strand theater and here is a closeup of the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2006 at 6:39 am

Here is a recent night view of the Strand Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 12, 2007 at 5:57 am

Another photo of the Strand Theater can be seen here.

Merrill on April 25, 2007 at 5:44 am

My understanding is the projectionist is a multi-talented young lady who dresses in 1940’s clothing and adds greatly to the character of the theatwr. She is an excellent writer specializing in early entertainment history particularly radio. She has written the best book available on Amos n' Andy.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 6, 2007 at 7:25 pm

This is a 2007 photo of the Strand Theater.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 6, 2008 at 10:02 am

This theatre has reopened.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Here is another night view of the Strand.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

The Strand opened in February 1923 with 626 seats and was designed by Joseph Dondis, according to info from the Theatre Historical Society of America.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2009 at 8:11 am

A recent night photo can be seen here.

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