The Strand Theatre – 9th & Spring St.

The Strand Theatre
1934
The Strand Theatre
Opening Night February 21, 1920
The Strand Theatre
1924

Located at the corner of NE 9th Street & Spring Street. The Strand Theatre was opened February 21, 1920. By 1941 it was owned and operated by Goldman Theatres of Philadelphia. It was a fairly large theatre with a balcony, and had a huge wrap-around neon lit marquee. For years it was a neighborhood double feature second run house.

In around 1968, Goldman began to program first run features. In 1970, the Strand Theatre was badly damaged in a fire, which occurred around the same time as a fire which destroyed the Embassy Theatre in downtown Reading. The fire at the Strand Theatre was set by three kids, and it possibly never reopened. In 1972 the property was sold to Budco, however, it was torn down and replaced by a restaurant. – Cinema Treasures

The Stand Theatre
1970s Fire – photo by Reading PA Fire
The Stand Theatre
1970s Fire – photo by Reading PA Fire

3 Replies to “The Strand Theatre – 9th & Spring St.”

  1. The last movie I saw there was The Day of the Triffids. It was a British horror film and it scared the living daylights out of me. Years later I saw the movie on TV – not scary at all.

  2. I remember it well! That was the only movie theater I knew as a kid. I grew up in NW Reading and saw a lot of movies there. I didn’t remember what happened to it only that I was disappointed to see a McDonalds in its place at some point.

  3. The Strand was within walking distance from my house. My dad knew the owner. I could get in movies for free. It was great. My favorite movie I went to was “Wait Until Dark”. Loved it.

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