About the Strand Center Theatre
The Strand Center Theatre is a landmark of cultural and historical importance. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, NY, the Strand Center Theatre was originally built as a Vaudeville Theatre in 1924 and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, the Strand Center for the Arts (formerly the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts) purchased the Theatre and has since undertaken a Capital Campaign to restore the Theatre to its former glory.
Currently, the Strand Center for the Arts has completed renovations totaling more than 3 million dollars, with more still to be done. It is a place to see independent films, take in quality performances by local and touring musicians, actors, dancers; it is a showcase for the arts in the community.
Since 2011, the Theatre has received a new roof, new electrical wiring, new heating/ventilation/air conditioning, a sprinkler system, new seats, and the restoration of the auditorium. The most recent phase includes renovations to the basement to add dressing rooms, the installation of HD cinema equipment (projector, screen, surround sound) and main drape/valances. The final phase will include lighting, sound and rigging equipment, which is needed to attract and host premier performances.
In 2004, the Strand Center Theatre received a generous donation by Leonard and Louise Johnson of Hingham, MA., of a 1924 Wurlitzer Opus 970 organ. In 2011, the organ underwent an extensive restoration through a generous donation and was installed in the Theatre in 2013.
In 2011 and 2012, the Strand Center Theatre was identified as a priority project by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s North Country Regional Economic Council, awarding $397,000 and $305,000 in Economic Development Funding, through Historic Preservation and $250,000 through Empire State Development. Also, we are extremely grateful to our surrounding community who has generously donated more than $800,000 as a match to these grants.
THE FINAL PHASE
The restoration of the Strand Center Theatre is near completion, but more is to be done. In the Fall of 2011, a major campaign called the “Legacy Campaign”, was launched with the goal of raising $2.2 million, the amount needed to complete the renovation. A total amount of 1.8 million has been raised, leaving only $400,000 to finish the restoration and install the necessary equipment to operate the Theatre.
With your help, we can complete this restoration of the historic Strand Center Theatre and leave a lasting “legacy” for our community.