Strand Theatre

1330 Cedar Avenue,
Trail, BC V1R 4C2

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Previous Names: Trail Opera House, Liberty Theatre

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Strand Theatre Trail

Opened as the Trail Opera House, it later became the Liberty Theatre. It was renamed the Strand Theatre on May 13, 1938 and was operated by Famous Players. Closed around 1955.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Here are two photos from The Trail Opera House/Liberty is clearly a different theater. The second photo, which is the Liberty/Strand, was taken sometime between 1940 and 1950.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

@ken mc: I don’t think it is clearly a different theatre at all. In fact, I think it is most likely the same theatre in both pictures. By the time it became the Strand it has been remodeled and a wing of retail stores has been added, but it seems to be the same theatre. Plus, the telephone pole and mountain are in the same place in both photos.

Sixer on August 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

Roger is correct – it is the same theatre. On the right side of the first picture, you can see the old Trail Post Office. The Post Office would be to the right of the Strand as well, but it’s not in that picture. The Strand was actually behind the stores you see, but the lobby was on Cedar Ave. It is now a parking lot. Here’s a picture of the heritage plaque:

ScreenClassic on April 17, 2018 at 6:52 am

According to the plaque in the link, the Strand was located on 1330 Cedar Avenue and was opened by Famous Players on May 13, 1938. It was destroyed by fire in December 1956 and was subsequently demolished.

DavidZornig on May 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

Interior photos added courtesy Lost Kootenays.

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