Strand Theater

619 Louisiana Avenue,
Shreveport, LA 71165-1547

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The Strand Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: ABC Interstate Theatres, Paramount-Gulf States, Paramount-Publix, Saenger Amusement Company

Architects: Charles G. Davis, Emile Weil

Functions: Performing Arts, Stage Shows

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 318.226.1481
Manager: 318.226.8555

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Strand Theater

Built for the Saenger Brothers in 1925, the Strand Theater is an ornate palace which originally showed films from its opening on July 3, 1925 with 60 artists from The Fortune Gallo Comic Opera Company on stage and Bessie Love in “The Lost World” on the screen. Designed by New Orleans based architects Emile Weil & Charles G. Davis, interior decorations were by Paul Heerwagen of Arkansas. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 13 ranks organ.

It was renovated by Paramount-Gulf States Theatre in April 1965 with most of the work being carried out at night so as not to interrupt the day to day running of the theater. The organ was restored at this time. In 1970, the Strand Theater was sold to ABC Interstate Theatres. However, by 1977, the Strand Theater was struggling and was sold to the Strand Theatre Corporation, a non-profit organization devoted to saving and restoring the theater.

The Strand Theatre Corporation raised the required funds to redevelop the Strand Theater as a top notch performing arts and stage show venue and it was renovated in 2015.

In 1977 the Strand Theater was place on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

A 1986 view of the Strand Theater in Shreveport.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

From 1986, a view of the Strand’s organ, an original theater seat, a chandelier and a box seat.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

From 1986, a view of the Strand’s organ, an original theater seat, a chandelier and a box seat. on June 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

The original sign is on display in Las Vegas (Neonopolis) according to this article:
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A photo of it:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I visited the Strand Theatre it was an ABC THEATRE At the time .Took Pictures.Couldn’t get in. Closed.

TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Very nice theatre.

JonathanFox on July 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Here’s a YouTube video of the Strand complete with music recorded of its original Robert-Morton pipe organ.

Want to hear more live organ music at the Strand?? Contact the theatre and let them know! I and several other volunteers are ready and willing to get her back on track!

Trolleyguy on May 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

The front of this theater shows up in the 2010 comedy horror film, “Vampires Suck.”

rivest266 on October 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

July 3rd, 1925 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on December 29, 2022 at 7:39 pm

Just happened to read on actor Earl Holliman’s Wikipedia page, that he saved his money from being an usher at the Strand Theatre, a newsboy for the Shreveport Times, and a magician’s assistant to leave Louisiana for Hollywood the first time. He came back after one week, but later tried again.

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