Strand Theatre

1008 15th Avenue,
East Moline, IL 61244

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Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Studio Cinema

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Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre opened in 1921. From December 22, 1967 it operated as an adult movie theatre and was re-named Studio Cinema. It closed as a movie theatre in 1969 and was last used as a adult video store store, which closed in August 2005. It has been vacant for the last several years and by 2017 the building is owned by the city of East Moline.

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jstep on January 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

The Strand is still standing and will be re-opened sometime in 2008.

milesrich on June 28, 2008 at 12:00 am

The theater was open into the 70’s and called the Studio. I saw Deep Throat there. Really!

dustyalldaylong on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

From a 2009 QC Times Article: “After the war, (Jim) Stopulos sold life insurance briefly and then opened the Coronet Theater on Davenport’s Washington Street at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, who ran an art theater in Iowa City. Later, he moved the Coronet to what had been the Uptown in the Harrison Hilltop neighborhood.

During his 25 years in the theater business, he also owned the Sierra in Moline, the Spruce Hills Twin in Bettendorf, the Central in Geneseo and the Strand in East Moline. He remained in the theater business until 1976, a time when competition from big chains made it difficult for independent operators to survive.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

December 22nd, 1967 Grand opening ad as Studio in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on June 14, 2019 at 8:21 am

The Studio Theatre (aka the Studio Adult Video Center) was purchased by the city closing in August 2005. The adult video theater moved less than three blocks away that month.

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 6:48 am

Nameplate on the facade is G. Carpentier. The first owner, or just a speculator who built it? By the way, there are some much better pictures than the blurry low quality shot currently used.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm

A November 20, 1954 Boxoffice article about the closing of the Majestic Theatre named the operator of the house as Emil Carpentier, and noted that he would remain active in the theater business with his son George, operator of the Strand, East Moline’s last movie theater. He also had a brother named Charles, also interested in the East Moline Theatres Corp., but in 1954 he was serving the first of three terms as Illinois' Secretary of State.

The June 26, 1920 issue of The American Contractor has an item about contracts being let for a $100,000 theater at East Moline for a G. Carpentier, and it gives the name of the architect simply as Garside, of Davenport, Iowa. I’ve searched extensively and can’t find any other references to an architect of that name, so I suspect it might have been a typo, though Garside is a real (but not very common) surname.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2021 at 7:37 pm

The July 3, 1920 issue of Moving Picture World had this item about the Strand:

“EAST MOLINE, ILL. — Henry Horst Company has contract to erect Carpentier Theatre at Tenth street and Fifteenth avenue, with seating capacity of 1,100, to cost $40,000.”

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 8:47 pm

The much older building (at dating to at least 1912, and probably earlier) across the intersection also has a G. Carpentier nameplate. It was a saloon on the side with the corner entrance, a store on the other, and apartments upstairs.

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