51 Decatur Street SE,
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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters
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.
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