Strand Theatre

Main Street,
Johnstown, NY 12095

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Previous Names: Electric Theatre

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The Calderwood brothers owned this small movie theatre. Built in the early part of the Twentieth century. It was on Main Street. The children used to call it “the nickel dump”. Later renamed Strand Theatre, it was closed and demolished by the early-1950’s.

Contributed by ERD

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ERD on October 31, 2005 at 11:04 am

I was told by a octogenarian that when he was small, he remembered a unisex bathroon. Not that many people in Johnstown,NY remember this movie house now.

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild on January 23, 2006 at 4:45 am

Clarence Dopp also owned the “Nickel Dump”. Clarence’s wife Dorothy nee Jenner was a first cousin of my grandmother. Clarence and Dorothy’s daughter Nancy is still alive. I’ll check with her to see if she can add any more info on the theater. My father also remembers the theater.

ERD on March 23, 2008 at 9:26 am

Any photos of this theatre?

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild on November 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

There was also “Smalley’s Theater”. Photo in historian Lewis Decker’s book “Johnstown”:

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild on November 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

Newspaper stories on the Electric Theater can be found at: Search “Electric Theater” Johnstown

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild on November 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Apparently it was renamed the Strand Theater at some point.

Robert Fairchild
Robert Fairchild on February 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

Above search will return: a 1931 request by Clarence Dopp to show movies on Sunday. Also 1967 obituary of D. Harlow Calderwood saying he and his brother, W. Harold Calderwood, bought it in 1911 and sold it to Clarence Dopp. I remember a Mr. Calderwood doing magic tricks at the Johnstown Historical Society when I was in Johnstown in 1970 for my great grandfather Lucien Julien’s funeral. (I was ten years old.) There’s also a 1937 article about Dopp and Jenner building a new theater in Frankfort, adding to those they already owned in Johnstown, Poland, and Northville.

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