Strand Theatre

101 S. State Street,
Caro, MI 48723

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Firms: Johnson Construction Co.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 989.673.3033

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Strand Theatre, Caro, MI - auditorium

This small but charming single-screen movie house shows first-run films. Originally opened in the late-1920’s, the Strand Theatre has been remodeled over the years, particularly in 1939 after suffering damage from a fire on June 13, 1939. It was most recently renovated in 1994. It features a beautifully intact Art Deco style fa├žade and marquee illuminated by neon and lightbulbs.

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Patsy
Patsy on February 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

So nice to find this art deco theatre with its beautiful art deco style facade intact and its original marquee with illuminated neon and lightbulbs. I applaud the folks of Caro for keeping their little town theatre looking great after all of these years!

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details www.historictheatres.org

Patsy
Patsy on March 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Great news as this art deco is a “cinema treasure”!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

The July 15, 1929, issue of The Film Daily said that the Strand Theatre in Caro had been sold to John E. Handy by E. J. Chapman.

There were a couple of other Chapmans associated with the theater business in Caro. The September 24, 1918, issue of Michigan Film Review mentioned a C. Chapman associated with the Temple Theatre at Caro, and another item in the same issue mentioned a Paul Chapman of Caro.

pnelson
pnelson on May 4, 2015 at 11:49 pm

A wonderful art deco classic marquee that should never be changed. Lovely theatre.

Patsy
Patsy on May 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

pnelson: amen

graymatters
graymatters on April 17, 2021 at 10:23 am

Between the 1930s and 1950s my grandfather Albert S. “Al” Johnson built or remodeled at least sixty-four theater and drive-in jobs in Michigan. Family records show that the Strand Theatre in Caro was a 1939 remodeling project.

In the accompanying Kodachrome slide taken by my grandfather in June 1948, the red and cream exterior porcelain-like tiles, entrance doors and marquee are similar to other Johnson remodeling jobs completed in the mid to late-1930s.

Remarkably, a current Google Maps image from today shows the exterior of the theater pretty much identical to how it looked over seventy years ago.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on June 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm

The reason why the theater was remodeled in 1939 is because on the morning of June 13, 1939, the theater was gutted by a fire, estimating a loss between $35K and $40K. The fire cause was unknown, but most likely the roof.

Patsy
Patsy on June 10, 2021 at 5:18 pm

So nice to see this art deco survivor theatre posted again with a recent comment on June 10, 2021. I love the art deco wood doors and art deco marquee. Would love to see interior photos. Is there a website that would feature photos? The folks of Caro Michigan can be very proud that this cinema treasure still exists in their community. My hometown art deco theatre was demolished in the 80s so there isn’t a time I don’t go through that intersection that I don’t think about the Grand Theatre in Westfield, New York along the shores of Lake Erie and about 70 miles from Buffalo.

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