220 N. Second Street,
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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company
Architects: Robert O. Boller
Firms: Boller Brothers
Previous Names: St. Charles Cinema
The Strand Theatre was one of the larger theatres built in St. Charles. It was opened in 1927. It was located right on the corner of N. Second where the bridge came from St. Louis County over the Missouri River into downtown St. Charles. The theatre was a beautiful theatre. The front was built in a blond color brick and had two towers one on each side of the theatre front. At eye level were two sets of poster cases with ‘Now Showing’ and ‘Coming Soon’.
The theatre had a free standing box office and six sets of doors for the entrance. When you entered the lobby there were staircases on each side leading to the balcony. The concession stand was against the back wall of the auditorium. There were two aisles that led into the audirotium on each side of the lobby. There were paintings of the walls of the auditorium with lighting below to show them up. There was one large crystal chandelier in the auditorium. There was a good side proscenium around the stage and a good size stage. The curtains over the stage were a thick dark green velvet.
The Strand Theatre was renamed the St. Charles Cinema in 1968 and operated for a few years under this name. Later in the 1970’s, it functioned as a rock concert venue called the Factory before closing for good.
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