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by kitchellstudio , September 3, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MOVIE THEATERS, Summit NJ, buildings, old photographs, pen & ink

Built around 1930, the Strand Theater was one of two movie theaters in downtown Summit, New Jersey. The Lyric Theater was destroyed by fire in 1951 and was not rebuilt; the site has been a parking lot for many years. The Strand was closed in the late 1980's. That section of Springfield Avenue was renovated and reopened in 1989 as The Strand Mall.

This pen and ink drawing was completed from old photographs which unfortunately did not have a good view of the front entrance due to the heavy shadows cast by the marquee. It does capture my memories of red plush seats and the smell of popcorn.

I wish to publicly thank the Summit Historical Society for their diligence in keeping records of Summit's past and their helpfulness to those of us who search for old photographs. Please visit their website for more information on this fine organization:




  Zach keller

02/06/2012 * 19:19:23

Very cool! I am a long living Summit resident and I had no idea!

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