115 E. Monroe Avenue,
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Forum Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc., Universal Chain Theatrical Enterprises Inc.
Functions: Live Performances, Movies
Previous Names: Strand Theatre
The Strand Theatre was opened by Universal Pictures in 1926, with seating for 1,262. The theatre features a graceful Neo-Georgian style facade, with four pillasters of light stone over red brick. Over the main entrance is a small pediment with two large windows over it, lighting the lobby. The Strand Theatre was the largest theatre in the Jonesboro area for more than 40 years.
It was acquired by the city of Jonesboro in the late-1970’s and restored to its original beauty and today hosts live performances and community events, now called the Forum Theatre.
Like many theatres, the Forum Theatre allegedly has its very own ghost, which has been nicknamed “Charlie”, which has said to have been more mischevious than scary.
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Small color photo on this link (don’t try to expand without a password:
The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 list the seating capacity of the Strand Theatre as 1,147.
It was operated by Paramount Theatres Inc. through a sudsidiary company Malco Theaters Inc. (M.A. Lightman, President and General Manager)
This item from the May 30, 1925, issue of The Reel Journal might have been about the Strand Theatre:
The current official web site is at this link.
The January 11, 1927, issue of The Film Daily said that Universal had opened the Strand at Jonesboro, a $110,000 house seating 1,262.
Are there no pictures of the old Strand theatre? I remember a giant lighted overhanging Marquee. It didn’t look like this restored version. I collected bottle caps for the price of admission to Saturday matinees when I was a kid. I loved this place.
Hello, I am part of a school group, and we are going to do a video over the Forum Theater and it’s history. I am wondering if any of you would be interested in sharing some of your experiences. You can e-mail me at