Strand Theatre

59 West Front Street,
Keyport, NJ 07735

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm

The book also gives the date of the ad below the theater’s photo as 1911, but the version of “A Tale of Two Cities” that starred William Farnum wasn’t released until 1917.

I like the Arcadia Publishing Company’s historic picture books, but some of them do look to be rush jobs with sketchy editing.

teecee on October 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

The building currently houses the Bulkhead Bar & Grill.

teecee on October 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

Funny, caption of the photo in my above link, incidently from the same source as Ken Mc posted above, states photo is ca 1908. Don’t these editors cross check their own book?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2010 at 7:23 am

The source ken mc linked to on July 18 last year says the theater was built in 1912, and thie following item appeared in the journal American Architect and Architecture of July 24 that year. Datelined Keyport, it read: “Architect Coleman Gray, River and Salem Sts., Hackensack, has completed plans for the erection of the new Deckert’s Theater on Front St., to cost between $17,000 and $18,000.”

I haven’t found any other sources mentioning a Deckert’s Theater or a theater owner named Deckert, but the item most likely pertains to this theater. Coleman Gray shows up in a couple of search results at Google Books, but none of his other projects are identified.

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

59 W. Front Street is the building that most closely resembles the 1973 photo and what I can see in the postcard:

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm

According to this source, the Strand was called the Surf Theater when it opened.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:48 am

Listed as open in the 1944 FDY. Listed in the 1961 FDY as part of Triangle-Liggett Theatre Service.

JHGuy on January 2, 2006 at 8:06 am

No, Walling Hall was a different building up the street. Keyport, in it’s day, was the only major port in the area so it’s quite possible that Fred Astair came to town more than once.

The Strand was an X-rated theater when I was a kid but tried to go ligit in the 1980s. It showed Rocky Horror Picture Show one time at midnight and the kids practically strated a riot—throwing garbage cans and everything off the balcony. The place closed soon after and then became the mini-mall and later a restaurant over looking the bay.

teecee on August 2, 2005 at 4:00 am

Looks like it may have been called Walling Hall and goes back to at least 1878 (Fred Aistaire couldn’t have danced in too many spots in this town!):

Strange no mention of the Strand in its history. Perhaps the original post of this theater is in error.

teecee on July 25, 2005 at 9:47 am

Courtesy of RobertR. Still open as of 1971 as an adult theater & a part of Film Bookers.

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JerryK on June 22, 2005 at 8:47 am

Was the exclusive theater showing “Deep Throat” in 1971, resulting in the continuous arrests of the manager AND projectionist! The law was changed eventually to exempt projectionists from prosecution when the theater was showing questionable material.

teecee on June 16, 2005 at 5:37 am

Nice night photo from 1973 at this link (you must scroll to the RIGHT to find it):
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teecee on March 11, 2005 at 9:31 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY as having 700 seats.