Star Theatre

117 Market Street,
Wilmington, DE 19801

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Previous Names: Strand Theatre

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This was the first location for a Strand Theatre in Wilmington. The Strand Theatre was the first theatre for African American patrons launching October 9, 1909 and was opened by A. Hirschman in downtown Wilmington. On January 10, 1914, the venue became a second-run venue known as the Star Theatre with all admissions costing a nickel. Its sign fell down in a 1915 wind storm.

In March of 1916, the National Theatre was opened and the Star Theatre was closed. The National Theatre took over as the local African American Theatre with the Palace Theatre closing. A new but unrelated Strand neighborhood theatre was built in 1920 that lasted more than thirty years and has its own Cinema Treasure page. As for the former Strand Theatre turned Star Theatre, it was knocked town in 1924 and replaced by a retail store.

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