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. By 1941 it was operated by the Strand Theater Co.

Contributed by Jim Laymon

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RickB
RickB on January 20, 2011 at 6:16 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
oklahomaoz on May 2, 2012 at 3:31 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
strandguy on July 6, 2012 at 8:07 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
Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

Is it still closing at the end of this season?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

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

jlaymon
jlaymon on April 11, 2013 at 3:15 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
hdtv267 on May 23, 2013 at 3:14 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

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/movies-at-the-shore-ocean-city-theaters-get-latest-technology/article_e466a8fc-bcaa-11e2-a657-001a4bcf887a.html

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

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

JeffreyPepper
JeffreyPepper on January 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Saw Jaws at this theater during July of 1975 while on vacation. Certainly the best movie to see while at the beach and the perfect film for a Boardwalk theater. There was a definite undercurrent of anxiety on the beach—I remember the lifeguards whistling people out of the water at least a couple of times.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

Did they ever fix the 3 auditoriums that had damage from Sandy?

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