For a night out on the town, many couples or groups of friends enjoy the experience of live theater or a favorite classic movie, independent film, or documentary at the Strand Theater. Originally a movie theater built in 1941, this iconic building on Front Street was purchased by the Swamp Fox Players, a local theater company, in 1982. It had closed as a movie theater in the early 1970s.
Over the years, renovations and restoration have been done to the marquee, an annex was added to the back of the building which includes a green room, several more dressing rooms, a rehearsal room and a workshop. In 2009, the lobby and balcony were redecorated, carpet was installed in the theater, and a new main curtain and wall curtains were added. In 2016, new theater seats and floor were added, and renovations are ongoing.
There are several ways to purchase tickets for productions: online, by phone or in person when the box office is open during show weeks. If you have a large group of 25 or more, group rates are available. Season tickets are also available.
Box office staff are in the box office starting on the Wednesday of the opening week of the play from 4–6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday during the run of the play from 4–8 p.m. and Sunday during the run of the play from 1:30–2:30 p.m. All other times, please call and leave a message and staff will return your call within 36 hours.
The Strand Cinema is a division of the Swamp Fox Players and was established in December 2011. Since that time, more than 350 films have been shown at the Strand Theater. Through the support of Strand Cinema members, dedicated volunteers and the community, the Strand Cinema is a favorite place for fans of the Silver Screen, showing off-the-beaten path films that sometimes don’t find a home at the large multiplexes.
For the cinema, the box office opens 30 minutes prior to the showing of the films. Tickets can be purchased at that time. There are no advance sales of tickets for the Strand Cinema.