Strand Theater

409 North Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Previous Names: Cotter Theater, Lyric Theater

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Strand Theater

The Strand Theater was originally built to house the Unitarian Church on North Street Pittsfield, MA. At some point it was converted into a movie theater and ran movies until the early 1950’s. It then had an advertisement on the marquee for 7 - 8 years for the US Marine Corp Reserves.

It was torn down around 1960 to add parking to the Dery Funeral Home in the rear and to add three single story stores on North Street.

Contributed by Jim Shulman

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 3, 2007 at 3:44 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Strand in Pittsfield MA has an exterior photo dated May 1941. The theatre entrance is in the center, with a store on either side. In back is a peaked-roof building consistent with a church, as mentioned above. Above each of the 2 stores there is a big tacky billboard. The marquee has “Strand” in bulb-studded letters on its front and above the name is the legend, “Pittsfield’s Family Theatre”. Under the marquee there appears to be a center box-office with double doors on each side. The photo I have is of poor quality. The Report states that the Strand is at 409 North St., that it has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old and is in Fair condition, and has 780 seats, apparently all on one floor. It is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac as being part of Nathan Goldstein’s Western Massachusetts Theatres.

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Here is an article on the sale of the theater dated 8/22/58:

Strand Theater Building Sold to J. Edward Dery

The Strand Theater building and two parcels of property on Bradford Street have been sold to J. Edward Dery, Pittsfield funeral director for about $34,000. The propertv was sold by George A. Markell. Mr. Dery said he will use the parcels of land on Bradford Street for parking area for his funeral home. He said he has no definite plans for the theater building on North Street. The Strand has been closed since 1952.

The North Street property is 66 feet wide and 166 feet deep. The land is assessed for $38,490 and the theater building, for $4,210. The assessed valuation of all three parcels is $44,160. The Bradford Street parcel abuts on Mr. Dery’s property. He said he expects to be able to park about 40 to 45 cars on the new lot.

rivest266 on March 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm

This opened as the Cotter photoplays theatre in May 1916 and became the Lyric theatre on February 7th, 1913 and closed. The Strand theatre opened on the site on November 1st, 1918. more to come.

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