Strand Theatre

1198 Main Street,
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Previously operated by: Associated Theatres, Dubinsky Brothers

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Strand Theatre, Dubuque, Iowa in 1920 - Interior

Mr. John Macley opened the Strand Theatre on April 21, 1915 with seating listed at 596. The Strand Theatre was one of the smaller theatres in the downtown area of Dubuque. Sometime in the mid-1940’s it was operated by Mort Singer Theatre Corp. and then later operated by Associated Theatres. The Strand Theatre was taken over by the Dubinsky Brothers chain in 1976. The building was gutted by fire in August 1980 and was demolished in December 1989.

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gospellady on May 29, 2008 at 8:59 pm

The Strand’s final curtain call was in the late 1960’s due to a fire. I attended it, the Grand and the Orpheum in Dubuque IA. Great theatres. The Orpheum has been restored as part of the Convention center on Main in Dubuque.

gospellady on June 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

It is a shame that the theatre of today is a heartless multiplex with no heart or class. This was one of the best, it always made me awestruck as a kid.

bfreisinger on October 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

If the Strand closed in the 50s or the 60s, it was only temporary, because Star Wars played there for multiple runs between 1977 and 1978. I saw it there 6 times near the end of the summer in 1977 after coming home from Y-Camp when I was 12. As kids, we would often sneak into the Strand via the side exit door along 12th Street.

And, I’m not confusing this with the Grand, which is where they played serials, Westerns and Abbot & Costello movies on the weekends for kids for a dollar. In fact, when I was just out of high school (Go Rams!), I remember seeing Footloose at the Grand as well and danced all the way home like a dork. I just loved the balcony seating at the Grand. ;)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Encyclopedia Dubuque says that the Strand Theatre was in a building converted from a church in 1919. It was taken over by the Dubinsky circuit in 1976, and the building was gutted by a fire in August, 1980. It remained vacant for a decade, and was demolished in 1989-1990.

Daveyhunter on November 2, 2011 at 1:36 am

I think someone got their wires crossed it was in the late 60s when closed, and it was a great theatre, at least my girl friend and I thought so!

Daveyhunter on November 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

Does anyone have a picture of the Varsity theatre on Loras BLVD.? I sure would like to see one!

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