Strand Theatre

105 S. Washington Street,
Green Bay, WI 54301

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Previously operated by: Marcus Theatres, Saxe Amusement Enterprises, Standard Theaters Management Corp.

Architects: Edward Tough

Previous Names: Time Theatre, Orpheum Theatre

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Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre was opened May 7, 1921 with Constance Talmadge in “Dangerous Business”. By 1941 it was operated by Standard Theaters chain. They still operated the Strand Theatre in 1950. It was renamed Time Theatre on November 12, 1952 when Marcus Theatres took over and they closed it in 1955. In 1957 it was reopened as the Orpheum Theatre, but was closed in 1959. On September 27, 1961 it reopened as the Strand Theatre again.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2014 at 2:12 am

The May 7, 1921, issue of The Moving Picture World ran this article about the Strand Theatre the day it was scheduled to open:

“THE Saxe Amusement Enterprises, of Milwaukee, franchise holder in the Associated First National Pictures, Inc., for the Wisconsin territory, has announced May 7 as the opening date for its new theatre in Green Bay. The date was set on the same day that the contractors who are constructing the new house announced a definite time for the conclusion of their work.

“The new theatre has already been christened the Strand. In architecture and interior finish as well as appointments it is one of the finest in the Middle West. The seating capacity is 1,000 and roomy over-size concert chairs have been selected. The interior color scheme is an original conception with rose, crimson and gold predominating. The aisles will be Wilton carpeted. and the drapes and other furnishings have been specially selected to harmonize with the interior color scheme.

“The stage is twelve feet deep, eighteen high and twenty-four wide. The ventilation provides for 2,500,000 cubic feet of fresh air an hour. Simplex machines are being installed and a screen of the latest type as well as a $10,000 organ.

“It is the intention of the Saxe Amusement Enterprises to conduct the Green Bay theatre on the same lavish scale as it conducts its Strand in Milwaukee. E. J. Weisfeldt, whose arrangements of prologues and general presentation for the Milwaukee Strand, has made Weisfeldt synonymous with the best in picture shows in the Middle West, will perform the same duties for the Green Bay Strand.”

rivest266 on August 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

This opened as Strand on May 7th, 1921 and closed and reopened as Time by Marcus on November 12th, 1952 and closed in 1955. It reopened in 1957 as the Orpheum closed down for renovations and closed in 1959. Reopened as Strand again on September 27th, 1961. Three grand opening ads in the photo section.

LeslieB on August 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Does anyone know if the Strand had the word Time on the front of it while it was still the Strand? I have a 1946 picture (I know this is correct because of the films showing) that I believe is of the Strand—-but it has the word TIME on the front.

DavidZornig on August 21, 2021 at 8:59 am

LeslieB, there is a 1953 photo of it as Time Theatre in the Photo gallery. According to the Overview above it was Time Theatre from November 12, 1952 through 1955.

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