The Strand Opera House was built in 1909 at 37 Market Street in Ipswich. It hosted operas, plays, travelling shows and even the Boston Symphony. It was quite a big deal to have such a grand venue in town.
In 1930 the Strand burned, then re-opened as a movie theater featuring first run films. It was owned by Phil Smith and Theatrical Enterprises, catering to local customers and “an upscale clientele who sometimes arrived in limousines. ”
In November, 1985 the Strand Theater was demolished. In it’s place was constructed the First National Bank of Ipswich. Most of the photos below are from Bill Varrell’s book, “Ipswich.”
Posters below courtesy of Eric Josephson: