Strand Theater

108 E. High Street,
Piqua, OH 45356

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The Strand Theater opened in November 1915. After a few years of operation, it closed in 1919, and the building was left vacant, eventually becoming an eyesore. In 1935 the theater building was purchased by the Piqua Coca Cola Bottling Works, which announced immediate plans for renovation.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

A July 22, 1935, article in The Piqua Daily Call says that the long-abandoned Strand Theatre building was to be remodeled into a bottling plant. The article places the three-story building on the east side of the public square with a frontage of 91 feet on North Main Street and a somewhat longer frontage on East High Street. I’ve been unable to determine if the building was on the northeast corner or the southeast corner. Both corners now feature parking lots, so the Strand has been demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

The March 11, 1976, issue of The Piqua Daily Call said that demolition of the old Strand Theatre building was underway.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

The Strand was on the northeast corner of Main and High Streets, according to the May 26, 1976, issue of The Piqua Daily Call

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

The opening of the Strand was noted in the November 6, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Fred L. Adams has opened the Strand theater at Piqua, Ohio. This is a handsome new fireproof structure seating 500, and is equipped with all conveniences for the patrons. Mr. Adams was formerly the manager and proprietor of the Favorite theater in Piqua.”

DavidZornig on December 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Below link indicates the Strand closed in 1919.

SethG on October 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm

The November 1920 Sanborn shows the Strand, with no mention of it being closed. The address seems to have been 108 E High, although the entrance may have been on the SW corner of the building, facing N Main. The theater replaced a wooden livery stable that appears on the 1911 map. The stage was curved inward in the center, and an outward curved balcony is noted.

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