Sunday, 8 January 2017
Brandon's Strand Theatre's 100th Birthday Gift
It may have come three days late, but Brandon’s historic Strand Theatre, closed since 2005, received a very welcome 100th birthday present. On November 30th, 2016, Brandon University purchased what is the last remaining theatre building in the city’s core for one dollar from its owners, Landmark Cinemas.
The Strand opened in 1916 as Brandon's largest theatre. It also ushered in the era of talking pictures and Sunday entertainment to the Wheat City.
Read about the Strand's history in my column in today's Winnipeg Free Press!
Here are some of my other Brandon topics from over the years:
West End Dumplings
Manitoba's Worst Train Disasters: Brandon (1916)
Brandon's Retro Kentucky Fried Chicken Demolished
Brandon's Andrew Ranking and the Syndicate Block Fire
Brandon's firefighter down finally remembered
The 1919 Stanley Cup and the death of Joe Hall
Thirsty in Brandon (1): A history of the waterworks
Thirsty in Brandon (2): A history of the water tower
Brandon's first female alderman
John A Macdonald dies in Brandon
Telephony in Brandon
Sgt. William White - Brandon's first WWI casualty
The Aagaard Brothers and Aagaard Cafe
Winnipeg Free Press
Taking a Strand
Deadly Day in Brandon
Brandon's Deadliest Blaze