Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Strand

I have some fond memories of seeing cheap movies at The Strand theater in Ocean Beach. In front of the building and along the sidewalks of Newport Avenue are tiles that were installed in the late 80s or early 90s. Community members can purchase a tile and write a message to be installed on the city sidewalks - according to the Ocean Beach Main Street Association, they repair and install the tiles every 3 months or so - click here for info on getting your own tile.
These days the building houses a store called Wings and they sell beach clothes, shells, and touristy items.


Blogger In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Lots of theaters are called "The Strand" - was this one of the oldest ones, I wonder? When was it buildt?

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Tue Nov 10, 09:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Hi, Three Rivers, I read online that it opened in 1924, but it could have been a little later. I also read that in the 70s it was the only place in SD showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tue Nov 10, 10:36:00 AM PST  
Blogger expat said...

I certainly remember when the Strand was operational. It had the authentic "Last Picture Show" atmos.

Tue Nov 10, 11:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger expat said...

Actually, I know a dirty little secret about this building. The upstairs was used as a studio for pornography for a while in the 90s. I know this because John Small, who owns the building (and the Sunshine Co. saloon) showed me around once. This was just after he evicted the pornographers...

Thu Nov 12, 06:59:00 AM PST  

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