Strand Theatre

900 Boardwalk,
Ocean City, NJ 08226

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Interior, 1938

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Although not much to look at today, the Strand Theatre on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk at 9th Street, was once a classic Art Deco theatre with one screen, twin balconies, a silk curtain with King Neptune pictured on it, and backlit movie star portraits built into the lobby walls.

It has since been converted into a five-plex without the original lobby (now a store). Opening on 11th August 1938, the Strand Theatre was built by William Shriver and was the flagship theatre of the Shriver Theatre chain in New Jersey.

Contributed by Jim Laymon

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jlaymon on April 20, 2009 at 7:08 am

Here is a clip of me doing a changeover at the Strand in 1988…

Those were still the original Peerless arc lamps, with 1950’s Simplex XL’s. Arcs were powered by a Hertner Transverter (generator) in an adjacent room. Rewinding was still done by hand.

jlaymon on April 23, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Wow. That is a great photo. I had taken one around the same time, but this one is much better. And that site has the Moorlyn and Village theaters too.

Thanks for the link!

RickB on January 20, 2011 at 4:16 am

For sale, asking $5.5 million. The Moorlyn is also listed at the same price. Frank Theatres still plans to operate both theaters for the 2011 summer season. Video story from NBC Philadelphia here.

oklahomaoz on May 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I lived in OCNJ the summer of 89, lived on 8th street above a breakfast shop, owner owned the building, cannot remember his name though…I got a job at the Strand as the ticket girl. I loved the job and I worked in the ticket booth that appears to still stand vacant. I called it my vertical coffin but man what a view. It was the best summer of my life and I miss it. We showed Lethal Weapon 2 amongst others, The Abyss, Weekend at Bernie’s….all still some of my favorite movies of all time and I probably saw them 50 times each that summer. LOL So glad to find this page….Havent been there since 89 but I am in Sea Isle every summer with my family. It makes me sad that the theater didnt survive the times.

strandguy on July 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

Can anyone tell me if the theatre has been sold? And why did it open so late this year? I think it was June 29.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

Is it still closing at the end of this season?

Mikeoaklandpark on April 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Is this theater open? Not on Frank theaters web page.

jlaymon on April 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The last I heard the Frank Company had sold it (and the Moorlyn) to an investment group who then sold the Moorlyn to the Ocean City Tabernacle. I don’t know the plan for the STRAND but I would like to find out.

hdtv267 on May 23, 2013 at 1:14 am

the Strand re-opens for Memorial Day weekend 2013, with 2 of its 5 showrooms having digital projection.

The other 3 showrooms will not open this summer due to damage from Sandy.

Article with new ownership being featured here

Mikeoaklandpark on May 23, 2013 at 7:14 am

Wow this is great news that at least 2 theaters are opening.

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