Wednesday, 28 April 2010
A Good Sign for Brandon
There are a few signs in Brandon's urban landscape that one would consider 'iconic'. One would be the painted "Mackenzie Seeds" peering down over the downtown. Another might be the Fraser and Ross sign off Rosser Avenue.
As far as built signs go, there really is nothing that compares to The Strand. The former cinema on 10th Street sat empty for a number of years and was expected to be demolished until last year when Renaissance Brandon and the Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival Society teamed up to save it. (For more info see this Brandon Sun story (pdf) and the BFMAS Strand Project page).
This week, the iconic sign was removed for refurbishment and will soon be back up. itvBrandon has some pics and video here.
A little Strand trivia: Initially a theatre, it was closed in 1929 for a major refurbishment. On February 3, 1930 it re-opened as Brandon's first 'talking picture' cinema !