18 Elm Street,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation
Architects: Louis Destremps
Previous Names: Hippodrome
Located behind Blanchard’s Theatre (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Hippodrome was built in 1916 and was used as a dance hall, skating rink and exhibition hall. It was converted into a regular theatre, opening on January 14, 1926 as the Strand Theatre, initially presenting live performances and vaudeville. It became part of the New England based Interstate Theatres chain.
The Strand Theatre was closed on February 28, 1965 and the entrance part of the building was demolished in 1966. The auditorium was still standing in 1977, but had also been demolished by 1992 and had been replaced by a parking lot.
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