Ipswich MA Strand Theater in 1941Places

The Strand Opera House and Theater

The Strand Opera House was built in 1909 at 37 Market Street in Ipswich, and 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 reopened 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.

The Strand Opera House on Market Street, 1909
The Strand Opera House on Market Street, 1909
Inside the Strand Opera House
Inside the Strand Opera House
The Strand theater re-opens, September 11, 1930 after a fire damaged the auditorium three months earlier.
The Strand theater reopens, September 11, 1930 after a fire damaged the auditorium three months earlier
Strand theater in 1940
Strand Theater, 1940
Strand Theater Ipswich
Strand Theater, 1941, photo courtesy of Randy Maggelet
The Strand Theater is demolished in 1985, replaced with a bank. The town no longer has a theater.
The Strand Theater was demolished in 1985, replaced with a bank. The town no longer has a theater.

Posters below courtesy of Eric Josephson:

Streets of New York with Jackie Cooper and Marjorie Reynolds. Some Like it Hot with Bob Hope and Una Merkle
Strand Theater Ipswich MA Wizard of Oz, Stonger than Desire, Hotel for Women, Angels Wash their Faces
Meet Nero Wolfe, Yours for the Asking, Absolute Quiet, Mary of Scotland

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  1. Too bad your theater was demolished. There is a theater in my small town which could have been built with the same plans, to judge by the interior. It fell on hard times, and was purchased by an out of town company. But a group of citizens decided that it was too important to let go. They held meetings and fundraising events and succeeded in saving it. Now, it is an important venue for many different forms of entertainment, from dance recitals to nationally known performers, and a landmark on the town’s main street.

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