12905 Philadelphia Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Previous Names: Gale Theatre
Opened in 1916 as the Gale Theatre. The Whittier News noted the opening of the Strand Theatre on August 2, 1922. The Oxnard Daily Courier reported in September of 1922 that the current three managers, who had leased the building in May, were suing the previous manager, who had sold them the business and equipment. On December 29, the Courier reported the dispute was settled in favor of the defendant, Mark Hansen, an Oxnard theatre man.
Fox West Coast Theatres management of the Strand Theatre, also operated the Scenic Theatre, and ran the Strand Theatre until May 21, 1929 when they closed it. Although the entrance was on Philadelphia Street, according to the Sanborn Maps, the auditorium was in back of the four shops. The entrance to the theatre would be about where Just Deadly, a tattoo parlor, is located today. The building to its left, another early twentieth-century building, was the IOOF lodge hall.
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