Strand Theatre

21 Falls Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Architects: Henry L. Spann

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The Strand Theatre was opened in 1921. In 1922 it was equipped with a Marr & Colton 2 manual organ. In 1926 it was replaced by a Marr & Colton 3 manual 17 ranks organ. I only have vague recollections of the theatre that I attended frequently as a youth. It was one of at least five downtown movie theatres dating from the 1910’s and 1920’s, the others being the Cataract Theatre, Rapids Theatre and the Falls Theatre.

The Strand Theatre was demolished in 1972.

Contributed by David B. Schneider

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

LouB on July 1, 2006 at 6:28 pm

I Remember all of these theaters except the Colonial. The Hippodrome later became the Niagara Falls Cinema and closed in 2002. Shea’s Bellevue became the Rapids and is now The Dome Theater which is used for musical performances. The Capitol is vacant and the rest have been torn down.

LouB on May 21, 2007 at 9:27 am

As was the Cataract, this theater was also razed in 1972 as part of an urban renewal project.

Padawg on July 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Does anyone know of a source for photos of any of the NF theatres? I took several in the Rapids years ago, have a postcard view for the Strand and Cataract, and took an exterior of the State before it came down.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Here is an ad for the Strand, circa 1930s:

Padawg on November 9, 2009 at 4:41 am

Quite an ad – that one played before my time – found a poster on line that makes the ad seem a bit tame. I heard from someone that there is a modern theatre in town that has a couple of photos of the Strand in its lobby but have not been able to track that down.

LouB on November 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

The Jerry Lewis Cinema had pictures of the Strand in the lobby but it is now an OTB.

paulnelson on August 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Dramatic marquee and signage. Hope they saved some of it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm

The March 21, 1921, issue of the Niagara Falls Gazette had an article about the plans of the Cataract Theatre Company to build a large new house to be called the Strand adjacent to their Cataract Theatre. The new Strand would operate as a moving picture theater while the Cataract would become a vaudeville house. (The page with the story can be seen in this PDF file.)

The July 9, 1921, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the new house being built at Niagara Falls by the Cataract Amusement Company had been designed by Buffalo architect Henry L. Spann.

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