Strand Theater

119 North Main Street,
Zelienople, PA 16063

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Patsy on July 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I’m hoping to attend an event for this theatre’s grand opening next week. If so, I’ll report back here.

Patsy on July 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

Lost: I wish I had paid more attention when I went through the plywood temporary entrance as they might have been there, but I really doubt it. I was to meet someone at the theatre, but couldn’t coordinate our schedules in late March. However, I do plan to attend one of the functions to celebrate the opening of the restored theatre.

Patsy on July 1, 2009 at 9:13 am

I just viewed the 2008 photo and there certainly there,but I was in Z in late March and there was a different front on the building while work was being done…perhaps they will be replaced when work is completed. I will email a person involved with that theatre project to get the final decision on the doors. If they don’t use them, that would be a shame. If not, I hope they at least keep them in storage.

Patsy on June 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Love them original doors though I’m afraid they might not have been saved.

Patsy on April 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

The marquee has been completedly restored since the above 1981 photo. I do hope the original doors and ticket kios are part of the finished renovation.

Patsy on March 31, 2009 at 1:07 pm

On your website slideshow there is a photo of vintage projectors. Do you still have them? If so, it would a great idea to restore at least one of them for display purposes. And have you researched the theatre to know who the architect was in 1914?

thestrand1914 on March 30, 2009 at 6:52 am

Some clarifications on the comments above. The Strand was not open in 2007. The movies that were being shown were projected outdoors onto the BACK of the theater from its rear lawn. We called it the Summer Classic Film Series, and we ran that program on weekends in July and August almost every year from 2002 to 2007. The series was suspended in 2004 because of the restoration work that was being done on the facade. We had to drop it again in 2008 when the renovation began in earnest due to a lot of heavy equipment and materials being stored on that part of the property.

It turns out the time capsule was NOT buried in the foundation, but was placed in a cornerstone of the building. Therefore, we have no plans to recover it at this time. But if we can figure out a way to do it safely, it might be something we’d consider for The Strand’s centennial celebration in 2014.

Ron Carter, The Strand Theater Initiative

Patsy on March 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Ron Carter: “there is a time capsule buried in the foundation, which will be recovered once renovations begin.” Has the time capsule been recovered since renovation efforts were started? And what was it in? Or are you waiting for the grand opening to open the capsule?

Patsy on July 25, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Yeah, the status should be changed though not sure how to make that important change. I surmise that many other theatre stats should be change as well.

Patsy on July 25, 2007 at 1:12 pm

I hope not the latter!

Patsy on July 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Lost Memory: Your Jun 14th photo says it was a seat auction held on June 11.

Patsy on July 25, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Lost Memory: The July 25th photo is most interesting as you can see theatre seats on the sidewalk so perhaps they were having a fundraiser to benefit the theatre and possibly new theatre seats.

Patsy on April 24, 2007 at 8:28 pm

The video that is on the above website that I first viewed on the Theatre Historial Society of America (THSA)is very well done and I wish you continued success.

thestrand1914 on January 27, 2005 at 11:56 am

I encourage you to take a look at our official web site,, for news and updates regarding this restoration. We just had our NEW MARQUEE installed and it looks tremendous.

Ron Carter, The Strand Theater Initiative
P.O. Box 31
Zelienople, PA 16063

JV2k4 on March 4, 2004 at 1:42 pm

i couldn’t agree more paulb, this man obviously doesnt appreciate what you, me and everyone else that uses this site is trying to do…….preserve the grandness of past movie palaces! since he is so dead set on destruction and demolition maybe he should join the taliban, if he isnt a member already.

PAULB on January 26, 2004 at 11:30 pm

Dear Michael: you are NOT to put comments like that above on this site. I know I put KILL MICHAEL on one recently, that is different, you deserved it, and now I have promised not to put that on one when I see your idiot comments again. Instead I will put what I have in the first sentence.
Just so we all know, why are you tormenting the readers of this site with your truly stupid comments? Is it attention deficit syndrome? Are you mad/ lonely/ bored or have some opinion ego that must be serviced? Tell us all so we all know. Then go away. Thanks. PAUL B.