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The Strand Theater Initiative (Official)
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Built in 1914, the Strand Theater began its life as a grocery store. After a few years, it was converted into a single screen movie house and ran silent films with live piano accompanyment. The theater continued operation until the early-1980’s, when the owner’s widow decided she couldn’t keep up with it anymore. The Strand Theater has stood vacant ever since.
While there have been a variety of projects planned for the structure over the years, from converting it to office space to leasing it to the FBI, none have come to fruition.
The Strand Theater Initiative, a non-profit group, was formed in May 2001, with the goal of purchasing the Strand Theater and converting it into a center for the performing arts.
It was originally hoped that by August 2002, renovations would be complete and the Strand Theater would be ready to present its first live production, but renovations are still not complete. In addition, there is a time capsule buried in the foundation, which will be recovered once renovations begin.
By 2007, the Strand Theater was open, and screening classic movies at weekends. The Initiative is still trying to raise funds.
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