Strand Theatre

51 Decatur Street SE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters

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The Strand Theatre was among one of the first African-American theatres built in Atlanta during the era of segregation. Opened by 1930, the Strand Theatre was part of the Bailey Theaters circuit whose other venues in Atlanta included the 81 Theatre also on Decatur Street, the Harlem Theatre on McDaniel Street, and the Royal Theatre on Auburn Avenue.

Most had closed by the mid-1960’s and few, if any of these buildings remain. I think that the Royal Theatre became a nightclub in the 1970’s but can’t say for sure. The Strand Theatre was closed around 1955. Not to be confused with the ‘white’ Strand Theatre located at 56-58 Peachtree Street which operated 1914-1923.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don K.
Don K. on June 5, 2005 at 9:53 pm

Photocopies of a 1954 The Atlanta Journal lists 6 “Colored Theaters,” as they were referred to at that time:

Ashby Theatre at 925 Hunter Street (Martin Luther King?), NW
Carver Theatre – 2 different listings: 1.)at 95 Jonesboro Road,SE
2.) at 440 Atlanta Avenue
Eighty One at 85 Decatur Street, SE
Forrest Theatre on Forrest Avenue (now Ralph McGill)
Royal Theatre at 238 Auburn Avenue, NE
Ritz Theatre 653 Fair Street, SW

Correlating the information in the 1954 Atlanta Telephone Directory,
I also found listed:

Harlem at 531 McDaniel Street, SW
Lincoln Theatre at 405 Mitchell Street, NE

These 1954 references do not mention The Strand Theatre as being in operation at that time.

The fact that some of these streets have been renamed does make for some confusion. Hopefully, someone can furnish us with more specifics.

JackCoursey on August 4, 2005 at 12:58 am

This photo is of the Marietta Strand. The Atlanta Strand was demolished.

1234 on April 2, 2008 at 3:48 am

Actually there were two Strand Theaters. The first one opened on Peachtree Street Just north of Five points in the mid 19teens and remained open sometime to the early 1920’s Still researching this one.
Of course this was the “white Strand”.
The “colored Strand” opened on Decatur Street much later and was named something else before that, I am not sure when but this Strand was destroyed by fire and never was rebuilt.
Tracking down the history of many of the black movie theaters has been rather difficult in that many of the black newspapers from that era do not survive and even in the ones that do there is not that much information. Hopefully further research will uncover more about these theaters

JackCoursey on March 13, 2010 at 2:38 am

The Carver was located at 1295 Jonesboro Rd SE (not too far from the world famous Harold’s Bar-B-Que) and the Forrest (that is the correct spelling) was situated at 245 Forrest Ave NE.

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