Strand Theatre

402 E. 4th Street,
Waterloo, IA 50703

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Mortimer B. Cleveland

Functions: Community Center, Office Space

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Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre opened December 22, 1920 with Charles Ray in “Peaceful Valley”. By 1941 it was operated by A.H. Blank, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. Listed in the 1955 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,063 seats. The Strand Theatre closed April 30, 1978 with Michael Brandon in “FM”.

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kdavis on November 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

Just visited this location last week and it appears that it is still standing, just encased in a marble and slate skin. It is now occupied by 4 Oaks of Waterloo.

kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Here is a June 1975 ad from the Waterloo Courier:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

The March, 1921, issue of Iowa Engineer said that the Strand Theatre in Waterloo had opened in January of that year.

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Joe Vogel on January 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm

The Strand Theatre is listed at 402 E. Fourth Street in city directories from 1921 through 1978. It had the longest run under a single name of any theater in Waterloo, and the longest run of any Waterloo house but the Palace/Waterloo, which operated from 1914 to 1982.

rivest266 on January 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Grand opening ad:

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Joe Vogel on May 30, 2018 at 7:23 pm

The September 27, 1919 issue of The American Contractor said that bids would be taken about October 1 for construction of a 60x155-foot theater building at 4th and Mulberry Street in Waterloo. Architect M. B. Cleveland had drawn the plans.

Local architect Mortimer B. Cleveland also designed the Plaza (later Orpheum) Theatre in 1914.

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