Strand Theatre

1023 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Previously operated by: Frank Theatres, Loew's Inc.

Previous Names: Criterion Theatre, Talkies Theatre

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Strand Theatre

The Criterion Theatre was operating as a live theatre in 1910 it was briefly operated by Loew’s Inc. in that initial opening year. It was located on the Boardwalk opposite the Steel Pier. It was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. On March 22, 1925 it was renamed Strand Theatre, reopening with Sid Chaplin in “Charley’s Aunt”. It was equipped with a 2 manual Wurlitzer organ. Listed in the 1941 edition of Film Daily Yearbook as part of Ventnor Realty & Leasing Co. They were still the operators until 1970 when it was taken over by Frank Theatres and began screening adult movies, which ceased in 1972. On June 16, 1973 it reopened as the Talkies Theatre screening classic movies, which closed at the end of the summer season. It reverted back to the Strand Theatre name and closed in 1979

It most likely was demolished for construction of one of the casinos.

Contributed by tc

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I think that’s the one in Ocean City.

kencmcintyre on May 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Here is the Strand and the Steel Pier in 1964:

jillperry on March 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The Strand Movie theater was leased, run and operated by George R Perry and Perry Management. It was operated by him in the 70s at the time when the casinos were first opened. It was later sold by the owner (believe to be Charles Tannenbaum to the casino industry).

Mikeoaklandpark on March 21, 2014 at 3:55 am

In the late 60’s and 70’s it was run by Apollo Circuit Theaters. When Frank theaters purchased the chain they did not get the Strand. In 1974 the named was changed to Talkies and showed old classics. In 1975 it was run by a gentlemen named Lero from Phila and changed back to the Strand. They ran The Towering Inferno all summer with a Fri and Sat midnight showing of the Divine flick Pink Flamingos. IN 1976 the theater changed hands again and operated until the late 80’s.

DavidZornig on January 2, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Criterion Theater was apparently the original name prior to 1943. Previously managed by Edward J. Dougherty who died at 56 in 1943.

rivest266 on March 8, 2023 at 3:45 am

This was taken over by Frank theatres in 1970 and starts to show adult movies until 1972. It reopened as the Talkies theatre on June 16th, 1973, until 1974 and closed in 1979. 1973 grand opening ad posted.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 8, 2023 at 1:05 pm

This theater had 1 brief summer as Talkies. It had always before and after been named the Strand and should be listed here as that.

rivest266 on March 9, 2023 at 9:15 am

Opened as Strand on March 22nd, 1925. Ad posted.

rivest266 on March 11, 2023 at 8:37 am

The Criterion theatre was taken over by Loew’s on May 23rd, 1910. ad posted. Loews quits after the 1910 season ends.

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