Strand Theatre

24 Eastern Avenue,
Springfield, MA 01109

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Small neighborhood theatre. Located on Eastern Avenue near Winchester Square. Showed second run, double feature films.

Contributed by Richard Williams

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EdwardShear
EdwardShear on December 3, 2004 at 8:26 pm

The Strand had an impressive downtown-style marquee for a small neighborhood theater. It opened in 1921 and closed in 1958. In the early ‘60’s, it was demolished for an extended parking lot needed by a then popular nearby grocery store. It had 738 seats on the main floor and 226 seats in it’s balcony.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 22, 2006 at 10:56 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Strand in Springfield has a facade photo taken in March 1941. There was a fairly small but flashy rectangular marquee with 3 large Palladiun-style windows above it. Attraction is “Lady Eve”. The address is 24 Eastern Avenue. The Report states that the Strand has been showing MGM films for over 10 years; that it’s over 20 years old; is in Fair condition; and has 738 orchestra seats and 226 balcony seats; total: 964 seats. The type of patronage is “Neighborhood”.

BarbaraShaffer
BarbaraShaffer on September 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm

A Springfield lawyer in his 70’s remembers a big “S” on the front of the Strand. He tells of his Six Corners buddies pooling their resources and buying a single ticket. The ticket holder would gain admission and let his cronies in through a side door.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm

In 1950 the Strand had 995 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

The Strand in Springfield is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 746 seats and open daily.

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