Strand Theatre

221 W. 2nd Street,
Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Roxy Theatre

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Strand Theatre

This theatre was located in the ground floor of the AJ McNeil building, which was constructed sometime between 1891 and 1897.

Through at least 1916, the building was home to a hardware store, with a lodge hall on the second floor.

At some point, the store space was converted to a theatre. This likely took place before 1936, when it is listed as the Roxy Theatre, but noted as closed. By 1937, it had reopened. The name changed to Strand Theatre by 1940, and the theatre closed around 1961.

The building is today in decent shape, and may be in use as a residence.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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SethG on March 13, 2022 at 10:55 am

Thanks to Joe Vogel for much of the information here!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2022 at 3:22 pm

I just noticed that in the 1961 businesses list at the Rock Falls Project the address 221 W. 2nd Street is associated with two businesses, the Strand Theatre and Twin City Mattress Company. As it’s unlikely they would have shared the same space, they must have occupied the building sequentially that year, so the Strand must have been gone before the end of 1961.

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