Strand Theatre

35 East Avenue,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters, Paramount Pictures Inc.

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The Strand in 1940

The Strand Theatre was opened on August 29, 1921 with Douglas Fairbanks in “The Three Musketeers”. It was a large, balconied movie palace in downtown Pawtucket. It was equipped with a Moller organ. It was torn down around the 1960’s.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

This theatre was part of the September 1923 6th Paramount Week. In this advertisement from the (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 1, 1923, we see a fascinating list of Rhode Island area theatres, many long-gone and long-forgoten, or even unheard of, as well as what they were showing during that week. CLICK HERE

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Gerald A. DeLuca on January 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand played the Strand in October 1922. THIS AD urges people who missed it in Providence to drive to Pawtucket to see it.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Announcements of what’s playing at Pawtucket and Central Falls movie theatres in November, 1921:

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The Strand Theatre first opened on August 29, 1921. The feature film was The Three Musketeers with Douglas Fairbanks. Here is a newspaper article reporting on that opening.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

ARTICLE IN BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE,, June 22, 1959, about the Strand’s manager Harold Lancaster.

Matinee77idol on August 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

So many good memories of the Strand. At 77 I still remember the blue light around the clock to the left of the screen. Had to keep my eye on the time as I did not want to miss the Broad St. Bus. Now live in Minnesota.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Strand; Card # 536. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. The address is 35 East Ave. The condition is Fair. The house is over 15 years old, and plays MGM films. Seats: 1,110 in the orchestra level, and 755 in the balcony, total: 1,865.

DavidZornig on April 12, 2020 at 10:37 am

1924 photo added courtesy David Crowell.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2021 at 2:41 pm

I have found small newspaper ads from 1907 for another movie theatre on East Avenue. It was called the Tremont Theatre. Anybody have any information on it? I’m wondering if it was an earlier name for the Strand or a separate place. No street number is given.

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