Loew's Strand Theatre

501 S. Salina Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Schine Circuit Inc., Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Previous Names: Strand Theatre, Warner's Strand Theatre, RKO Schine Strand Theatre

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Loew's Strand Theatre exterior (Being Razed)

The Strand Theatre was opened on March 17, 1915 with Blanch Sweet in “The Warrens of Virginia”. It seems to be one of the forgotten theatres of Syracuse. An exterior photo in a 1930 trade journal shows it as Warner’s Strand Theatre. From 1936 to 1943 it was part of the RKO Schine Circuit and was renamed RKO Schine Strand Theatre. From 1945 until 1959 it operated as Loew’s Strand Theatre. It was closed on August 16, 1959 with Frank Sinatra in “Hole in the Head”. It was striped out and demolished to built a municipal parking lot.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

muviebuf on February 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

The Strand was last operated by Loew’s before its demise in 1958. I remember seeing both “Bridge On The River Kwai” (1957) and “Tom Thumb” (1958) there.

Another picture may be found here:

Roloff on December 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

A large, hi-res scan of the above postcard can be found in my flickr stream: View link
The card was stamped on December 26th, 1919, unfortunately no definite proof that DeMille’s CARMEN screened here in 1915, it may still have been a reprise like Warren suggests.

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This is from the Syracuse Herald Journal in August 1954:

Joseph F. Owens of 518 Bradford Parkway, Syracuse industrialist, has purchased the Strand Theater property at 501 S. Salina Street for investment. The site has a frontage of 100 feet on Salina Street and more than 137 feet on Harrison Street. All details of the sale were handled through Egan Real Estate.

The property leased from the Thomas F. Anderson Estate for theater purposes by the Strand Theater Corp. was subleased to the Lance Theater Corp., New York City. Lease terms provide that the theater revert with the land to the owner upon the expiration of the lease.

The Strand Theater, recently modernized and redecorated, seats about 1,500. The immediate location was the site of the boyhood home of Andrew D. White, first president of Cornell University and distinguished diplomat.

TLSLOEWS on June 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

Like to 50’s photo at top of the page.

a567and8 on June 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

I saw Maria Riva in a production of “Tea and Sympathy”—— I believe it was—– in the 1950s at the Loew’s Strand. I was a fairly large theater situated on the corner of Salina and Harrison Streets.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2019 at 7:15 pm

March 17, 1915 grand opening print ad added courtesy Kent Wilcox.

dallasmovietheaters on December 11, 2022 at 2:48 pm

From 1936 to 1943, the venue was listed as the RKO Schine Strand Theatre. From 1943 to 1959, the venue was listed as the Loew’s Strand Theatre. The Loew’s Strand closed permanently following Frank Sinatra in MGM’s “Hole in the Head” supported by an MGM “Tom & Jerry” cartoon and a Loew’s News of the Day newsreel on August 16, 1959. The next Strand ad was less than a week later - the salvage sale of the building as it was demolished for a municipal parking garage.

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