Strand Theater

117 E. Jackson Street,
Muncie, IN 47305

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Previously operated by: Y. & W. Management Corp.

Styles: Art Deco

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Strand Theater

The Strand Theater was opened May 29, 1916, and was located right across the street from the Rivoli Theater on Charles Street.

As a kid I remember attending many film festivals at the Strand Theater. One that I remember well is “The Planet of the Apes”. For one ticket price you could stay and see all five films.

The independent theater chain of Malliers sold the theater to a bank, closing on February 4, 1979. It was demolished in August 1979 and a parking lot is now in its place.

Contributed by Jerry Monde

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

davlghry on January 1, 2005 at 5:20 pm

From 1970 to 1976 (the years I lived in Muncie), the Strand ran a lot of United Artists product including the Bond films. I remember seeing a sold out DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER where the management was selling SRO tickets and setting up folding chairs in the aisles and back of the house!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 24, 2006 at 10:38 am

CORRECTION, seats is listed as 1, but it states “The auditorium seated in the neighborhood of 500.”.

JackCoursey on July 1, 2009 at 1:52 am

The Rivoli was located on Mulberry Street and East Jackson approximately one quarter of a mile from the Strand. Here is a 1930 photo of the Strand.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

Small photo of front of Strand, Boxoffice magazine, January 6, 1951:
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Chris1982 on June 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

The Strand was open prior to 1925 with early seating listed at 400 and was open into the 1970’s.

dallasmovietheaters on January 22, 2017 at 9:35 pm

The Young Block Building housing the former Strand Theatre was a hardware store in 1884. The Strand Theatre moved in launching on May 29, 1916. The theatre closed on February 4, 1979 with the adult film, “Little Orphan Dusty. It was torn down six months later in 1979.

DavidZornig on November 22, 2018 at 12:10 am

1978 demolition photo added credit Jeff Koenker. Courtesy of the Lost Muncie Facebook page.

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