Strand Theatre

900 Boardwalk,
Ocean City, NJ 08226

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 23, 2013 at 4:14 am

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

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

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

jlaymon
jlaymon on April 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

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.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

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

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 4:28 am

Is it still closing at the end of this season?

strandguy
strandguy on July 6, 2012 at 3:07 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.

oklahomaoz
oklahomaoz on May 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

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.

RickB
RickB on January 20, 2011 at 2:16 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.

jlaymon
jlaymon on April 23, 2009 at 6:12 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!

jlaymon
jlaymon on April 20, 2009 at 4:08 am

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbknFBC0IsI

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.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on July 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm

They just ran a report on ABC’s World News Tonight earlier tonight (today being July 18, 2008) about how business is really booming at the box office this year. Check out the following link:

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=5387182&page=1

So if Ocean City, New Jersey’s Strand is in a slump this year in the face of this smashing movie theater success going on everywhere else, it makes a very loud and clear statement about the klutzes now running Ocean City. I also caught on the local news in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tonight (WPVI Channel 6) a piece about how this weekend, while there’s a heatwave going on all throughout the tri-state region, there’s a ban on swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City in the vicinity of 8th and 9th street (where the Strand is located) due to a sewer malfunction or whatever. See the following link:

View link

On the news report they showed the lifeguard stands there with signs attached to them saying swimming is prohibited, and police in uniforms patrolling the water line on ATVs to make sure the ban is upheld — as in, is this a scene straight out of THE PLANET OF THE APES or what?!

But that said, Jim-L, if Ocean City was being run right, and of course it hasn’t been for many many years now, you’d have absolutely no problem eating off the salary you’d make working at the Strand. For you’d be making that and then some right now, believe me. Most people who go to Ocean City nowadays, as well as many well-meaning people who try to operate businesses there, are not aware that as seashore resorts go Ocean City has been being run illegally for many many years now, and unquestioned at that. I stopped going there years ago in response to how it was illegally changed around, but was astonished how those who continued to go didn’t riot at some point. If it could be possible to round up the current Ocean City movers & shakers and lock them up in prison where they belong — and there certainly is the legal basis for doing this — Ocean City could be brought back to being a really beautiful seaside resort once more, complete with movie theaters galore. Right now all Ocean City is is a testament to how gullible and obsequious some American vacationers can be, apparently a sociological experiment of some sort in the eyes of those who refuse to intervene. I told the authors of THE SOPRANO STATE: NEW JERSEY’S CULTURE OF CORRUPTION not long ago that if they plan to write a sequel, Ocean City should be made a major chapter.

Anyhow, thanks to the Frank’s mismanagement, or whoever it is that’s mis-running it now, it can’t be enjoying the box office boom that other movie theaters throughout the U.S. are enjoying right now.

jlaymon
jlaymon on July 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Rahn,

Thank you very much for your comments. I am thrilled there is someone else who appreciated those old movie houses. I often think that I would do that boardwalk job as a career, if I could eat off that salary—and if the theaters were still intact.

I remember Rollercoaster. That might have been my first or second year there. The general manager had me help remove a bunch of seats so that the sound guys could install the giant speaker boxes that made the “Sensurround” rumbling. A lot of us wondered if the old building would survive that movie, but it did, of course.

And thanks for your comments on the Strand. I also remember the seaside, musty smell of the Strand. Each theatre was a little different. The Strand was the nicest and cleanest. And that, of course, was my favorite too. And although my memory isn’t real clear, if it was the projectionist who let you take pictures, then it was probably me, or I was probably there. I’d love to see them.
And those seats were pretty cool. I was able to snag one before the sale and it is in my basement.
Anyway, thanks for your comments.
Jim

RahnAtTheShore
RahnAtTheShore on July 8, 2008 at 9:08 am

Jim,

Thank you for identifying “Adventure Village”. Until recently, I never knew that it was back there with all of the trees and undergrowth obscuring it. Driving past there for so many years, to and from Ocean City, I would have thought that I would have known it was there.
Thanks also for all of your hard work in creating and maintaing the Ocean City theater website. I loved all four of the theaters on the Boardwalk and truly miss that none are as I remember them. I had a special fondness for the interior decoration of the Village. I saw the movie “Rollercoaster” in “sensesurround” I believe it was called, and how it shook the building.
My favorite theater, though was always the Strand. It was so beautiful! I believe it was you that allowed me to photograph the interior one evening after the show. I still treasure those pictures. Looking at them I can almost smell the inside of the Strand and feel the fabric of the seats against my bare legs as I stared up at the screen.
Thanks again for keeping wonderful memories alive.

Rahn

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Jim, thanks for the photos. Brings back many fond memories.

jlaymon
jlaymon on June 23, 2008 at 11:40 am

Ken,

Yes I think they have torn down all the Adventure Village buildings now. I stopped by there not-too-long-ago and snapped a few pictures of what remained:

http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/4965167_VGtDq

It was funny because the demolition guys there didn’t look very friendly at first and probably didn’t want someone poking around their project. But when I said Hi and showed them the old postcards of the place, they really took an interest and let me take all the pictures I wanted.

Lost Memory,

Yep. 70 years old. I almost forgot this is a big birthday year. It opened on August 11, 1938.
http://www.moorlyn.com/Strand.htm

Mike,

Technically, that is the same boxoffice out in front, but it isn’t used. They had promised the Planning Board and Historic Commission years ago that they would keep it. They covered the surfaces with stucco and it has been rotting for a while now (unless someone recently repaired it).

I believe tickets are sold at the side entrance (which was originally the rear auditorium exit).

Jim

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

Looking at the picture, is that still the box office in the front? I know the enterence is now on the side like the Moorlyn. It’s amazing how the Frank’s ruin every theatre they get their hands on.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2008 at 6:16 am

Jim, you mentioned Adventure Village back in February. The old buildings were being demolished when I drove by there last month.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on February 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm

You’re lucky they let you scavenge those backlit celebrity photos, Jim L, because here in Pennsylvania of late, or at least here in Philadelphia where I’m currently residing, when an historic building gets condemned for demolition, no one, not even the historic societies, is permitted to scavenge anything of important historic significance or value beforehand first. It seems to be some sort of a new policy. Several weeks ago I went down to Center City Philadelphia to see those two historic buildings on north Broad Street that were getting torn down to make way for the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s expansion. When I took note of several architectural features on the buildings' front facades that I believed could be removed and made use of elsewhere, I walked over and asked a hardhat if there was any way they could be scavenged before the wrecking ball had its final say. “Nope, everything goes!” he told me flat outright, and that was it. End of conversation. It was straight to the point and very cold. But, as I say, it appears to be the new policy. At least here. Out with the old, in with the new.

As for Adventure Village, I don’t know if it was the same thing, but I rembember when commuting between Pennsylvania and Ocean City seeing an array of small Disneyland-like buildings comprising what either was a miniature golf course or small amusement park for kids, so I’m now wondering if that’s what you’re referring to. It looked really interesting, and I’m now kicking myself for never stopping there to check it out firsthand. If it was the same thing you’re referring to, perhaps my memory distorts, for what I remember looked like a tiny medieval village straight out of the Brothers Grimm. As I recall, though, the last few times I saw it it looked like it was no longer open — one of several tried-and-failed enterprises along the Black Horse Pike route. In fact, it looked that way to me as far back as I can remember, as if it was something left over from the 1950s.

Anyway, getting back to the here and now, I hear that Ocean City today is in the process of getting an all-new 9th Street causeway and that some of the movers and shakers there are predicting it will become the next big new attraction in their ever ongoing effort to displace the Ocean City seashore environment as being the main one. As in, “Forget coming to Ocean City for the beach; come see this all-new bridge we’re building!”

One thing I always loved about the STRAND is that it never tried to override the main reason why people came to Ocean City. Rather, it was always tastefully run in a way that was complementary to the shoregoing experience. On many a rainy night when we couldn’t do anything else we were always grateful for the STRAND. And looking at those images you posted, Jim L, I’m amazed how the beauty of Ocean City’s own Grace Kelly is so ongoingly timeless! Even to this day we can look at that photo of her and just say “Wow!” As for the other celebrities in the backlit photos, did they all have ties to Ocean City as well? From what I’ve heard, many used to come stay at the Flanders. If so, what a truly classy era it must’ve been!

jlaymon
jlaymon on February 19, 2008 at 3:12 am

Thinking about Zaberers and Charlie Pumpernickels makes me remember the little amusement park we used to visit as kids. It was Adventure Village. It was also on the Black Horse Pike. It was a little town and old west style buildings that resembled a town square with a theater, bank, general store, etc. You would walk around the little town and check out all the buildings. On a regular interval, the Keystone Cops would chase a bad guy around town. So there were amusements and performances.

It wasn’t open long, only a few seasons before it closed. But the buildings have been there ever since, slowly decaying behind a stand of trees. I read now that they are finally going to tear it all down to make way for something new.

Just thought I would mention it.

And back to the STRAND. Those backlit movie star portraits have survived:

http://photobook.smugmug.com/gallery/2515328_hsDD4

Jim

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on February 14, 2008 at 6:59 pm

That sounds familiar. But again, no specific recollections as to why. And again if I saw a photo it would probably all come rushing nack to me.

Mesntime, just to go way back (though given how fondly I remember it it doesn’t seem all that long ago to me), does everybody remember Chris' Restaurant in Ocean City? It was right there on the bay south of 9th Street Bridge, and of all the restaurants I ever ate at while at the Jersey Shore, it was by far my favorite! At that restaurant they had tables and chairs set up outside on the back deck overlooking the bay, and seriously, if you’re going to eat seafood and really want it to be meaningful, nothing short of that will do. In that sense Chris’s really spoiled me. If I recall correctly, it shut down immediately following the summer of 1972, and I could never quite understand why. For EVERYBODY loved Chris’s it seems! But alas, it left us too soon.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 4:50 am

You may also recall the restaurant across the street from the McKee City Zaberer’s. It was called Charlie Pumpernickel’s. Also gone now.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on February 13, 2008 at 10:35 pm

As I recall, there was a “Zabererville” when you traveled from Ocean City down to Wildwood — not the name of an actual town, mind you, but simply another Zaberer’s Restaurant located down that way. I assume the two restaurants were linked somehow. In trying to Google more info on the one located on the Black Horse Pike, and perhaps bring up a photo or two, all the links seemed to have to do with the one enroute to Wildwood, which I’m guessing was not wiped out by the casino tsunami, or at least not as immediately. Looking back now, that was really weird how all these things of such seeming permanence were wiped out so quickly. Zaberer’s. Tony Mart’s. Watson’s Restaurant in Ocean City. The Smuggler’s Shop on the Ocean City boardwalk.

As for the polar bear on the roof of Zaberer’s, I honestly don’t remember it. But I’m sure that detail will come back to me the moment I see a photo of it…if there’s any around. And just out of curiosity, what was the story behind Zaberer’s anyway? Surely there had to be an interesting story behind all that outlandish exterior decor it had. In looking back now, it reminds me of that scene in EDDIE & THE CRUISERS when Eddie goes to that special private place he has set up in that junkyard.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 13, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Don’t forget the polar bear on the roof.

jlaymon
jlaymon on February 13, 2008 at 7:12 am

I remember Zaberer’s from when I was in high school. We had a few banquets there. It was pretty interesting. I seem to remember a few different dining areas, a gift shop, photo booth, and lots of decorations.

I don’t know if this link will work, but here is an aerial shot of the Zaberers location.

View link

hondo59
hondo59 on February 13, 2008 at 6:37 am

Zaberer’s has been an empty lot for many years. The last time I drove by the site was 2005.