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I never knew the theater as being named anything other than the â€œCricketâ€. The Cricketâ€™s days did not end completely in 1964. In 1966-1967 Millard Weaver, more for nostalgia than profit, reopened the Cricket on Friday and Saturday nights to show mostly â€œsecond runâ€ movies (recent films that had completed their showings in major theaters.) Unfortunately, television, automobiles (driving to Gadsden or Ft. Payne to see a current movie wasnâ€™t that big a trip,) and demographics (Collinsville is in a rural area and only had slightly over 1,100 residents) fairly much doomed this venture. The city of Collinsville itself is slowly wasting away, so it is likely that the Cricket will never again open in any capacity.
I have good memories of the Strand Theater. The Strand was really just your basic neighborhood movie house, nothing fancy. In the late 1970â€™s it was a â€œsecond runâ€ movie house – that is playing fairly recent films that were no longer being shown in the more mainstream theaters for about a quarter of what the â€œfirst runâ€ houses charged and also showed some indies that probably wouldnâ€™t have been shown anywhere else. On Friday and Saturday nights, the main event was the â€œRocky Horror Picture Showâ€; I must have seen it at least 12-15 times. The Strand rocked on those nights. The Strand was a cheap way to spend an evening; the theater showed 3-4 different movies each week. Iâ€™m sorry to hear itâ€™s no longer open, but after 25 years later Iâ€™m not real surprised. The Strand was a real treasure in the Ocean Beach district of San Diego; Iâ€™m sure there are many others with fond memories of the place.