131 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Kenroe Theaters Inc.
Architects: Hyman Rosensohn
Previous Names: Strand Theater
The Strand Theater was opened by 1925. By 1936 it was operated by Kenroe Theaters Inc. It was later renamed Beacon Theater and was owned/managed by the Kridel family who also operated the Palace Theater, Orange Theater and the Pix Newsreel Theater, Orange as well as the Troy Hills Drive-In. It had an enormous wrap-around marquee and as I remember was one of the most spotlessly clean theaters I have ever seen.
The Beacon Theater was a subsequent run theater with conventional orchestra seating, and a “smoking loge” which was really a fairly large stadium arrangement rather than a balcony. It was sister theater to the Palace Theater in Orange, and sadly demolished to make way for the interstate freeway project (which, in my opinion, also demolished many beautiful neighborhoods). It served its final six months as a soft-core porn house.
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