Strand Theater

62 St. Paul Street,
Rochester, NY 14604

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Previous Names: Happy Hour Theater

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Rochester NY Democrat Chronicle 1914

Opened around 1907 as the Happy Hour Theater. It was designed by its owner George D. Curtis and had 1,500 seats. The Happy Hour was remodeled in 1913 and renamed the Strand Theater. The Strand Theater was demolished in 1953.

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shoeshoe14 on May 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Closed in 1959.

mikeplugh on December 27, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Several excellent photos of this theater are available here:

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The owner of the theater, George D. Curtis, is a relative. If anyone has information about the theater, beyond what is listed here, please contact me.

mikeplugh on December 27, 2007 at 8:23 pm

If you are unable to access the photos at the above link, click “New Search” and enter “Strand.” You will find 2 photos. A further search of St. Paul Street may turn up several more photos of the theater in the background, including one as “The Happy Hour.”

JeffBertsch on June 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

Jeff Bertsch I am very pleased that there is still knowledge of the Strand Theater.My greatgrandfather,George Curtis,opened the Strand. My grandmother(Jenny[Curtis]Bertsch) owned the Strand with her two sisters until it was sold in the 1950’s and lamentably became a parking lot. I note that mike plugh above is also a relative of George Curtis.I would like to communicate with him (Jeff )

dplugh on February 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

George Curtis and his wife, Kate, are my maternal great grandparents. I have more information on “The Happy Hour” and George and Kate’s longtime businesses in the entertainment industry.

dplugh on August 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

For more information on the Happy Hour and the Strand, you may go to my blog.

lorijo on December 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I have recently learned my late grandfather was part owner of this theatre until it was demolished.

DavidZornig on July 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm

1941 Captain Marvel serial handout, front and back added. Via Larry Zdeb.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 31, 2018 at 2:37 am

This theatre showed a huge number of Italian films between the 1930s and 1950s, perhaps more than many others in the country outside of New York City.

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