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The Strand Theatre

This theatre, at 235 West Pike Ave. in the Long Beach amusement area, opened around 1910 as the Columbia. It was a combination film and vaudeville house that in the 20s was known as Hoyt's and, later, the Strand.  The original architect is unknown but it's suspected that the 20s remodel was the work of William Lee Woollett (1874-1955), who had earlier done the Million Dollar, the Metropolitan and a remodel of the Rialto for Sid Grauman. In any case, it's a strange job (as all of Woollett's work was). The undated photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.  See our page on the Strand Theatre for more information and other interior photos. As the Strand, the theatre operated into the 60s but now, along with the rest of The Pike, is gone.

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