Strand Theatre

66 Main Street,
Montpelier, VT 05602

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The Strand Theatre was opened in 1927. It was closed on February 6, 1955 with Humphrey Bogart in “The Caine Mutiny”. It was converted into a bar in December 1955.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

The Strand was open and operating in May 1941 when the MGM survey agent came calling. He listed it as a competing theater for the Capitol Th. on State St. But he never made out a report for it.

50sSNIPES on July 12, 2023 at 7:50 am

The Strand Theatre opened in 1927 but I cannot find its opening date.

Throughout much of 1939, the Strand became the only movie house in Vermont’s capital for a time after the nearby Playhouse Theatre was destroyed by a large fire on April 1 of that same year. After the much-larger Capitol Theatre opened its doors on November 2, 1939, its mainstream policy at the Strand slowly began to fall apart as the nearby Capitol Theatre immediately became the dominant mainstream movie theater in Montpelier. The Strand management had no choice to compete.

As the Capitol Theatre became the A-film theater for the capital in a flash after opening, the Strand ended up becoming a second-run and B-film theater.

The Strand closed for the final time on February 6, 1955 with “The Caine Munity” with no extras. After being abandoned for most of the year, the former Strand was converted into a bar, and the bar opened in December 1955.

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