The Strand Theater was constructed and managed by Gioachino and Rosalia Sapienza in 1914. Gioachino and Rosalia were Italian immigrants seeking a new life and new opportunity in American and Zelienople. In order to blend in with their adopted community, they became known to friends and neighbors as Joseph and Rosalie. Joseph originally wanted to build a fruit market, but the local banker convinced him that the town really needed a theater. So two-thirds of the structure was dedicated to The Strand, and the remaining third was Sapienza's Fruit Market. The Strand featured silent films with live piano accompaniment as well as Vaudeville-style shows on its small stage.
In 1939, The Strand underwent its first major renovation and the structure was dedicated entirely to the theater, albeit with a nearly exclusive focus on the motion picture medium. Joseph moved his fruit market across the street into what is now 'The Silvershith Shoppe' and a tax preparation office. But the 'Sapienza' name is still emblazoned across the top of the building's facade.
The Strand thrived as a social center for Zelienople and Harmony for decades, providing a destination for families to escape the drudgery and routine of rural life to meet and enjoy a night's entertainment. But The Strand began to struggle when multiplex cinemas began dotting the suburban landscape. The theater became more of a drop-off point for parents to leave their kids for an afternoon matinee.
But with increased pressure from the onset of the Multi-Plex and VCR era, The Strand could no longer compete. One night In the early 1980's, The Strand closed its doors and they have not been open to the public since..................................until now.
There have been a variety of suitors for The Strand over the years. Developers and private investors considered making use of the building for everything from a mini-mall to a dance school to a dinner theater. As recently as Fall, 2000, the FBI considered The Strand as a field office. However, the extensive cost of buying and restoring the building has kept potential developers away.
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Kids Age 10 - 18 Are Invited to Take Part in The Strand'sNewest Youth Program and EXCLUSIVE Production! This New Camp Will 'School' You in the Ways of 'Rock'!If you have kids that love being a part of live theater and the performing arts, then we…Read More »
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A Heartwarming Tribute to the Classic Christmas Specials of the 1960s & 70s, Live On Stage!Â Do you remember those classic shows like Rudolph, Frosty and The Grinch?Â What about Year Without a Santa Claus, The Little Drummer Boy and Nestor, the…Read More »
2004 Rated G | Runtime 100 minutesStarring the Voice of Tom HanksTom Hanks voices many roles in this charming tale about a boy's struggle with his belief in Santa Claus, and an ensuing trip to the North Pole via a magical locomotive.Â The Polar…Read More »
Swing into that Good Old-Fashioned Christmas SpiritNostalgia takes the stage as The Strand presents a concert event that pays tribute to those famous USO programs produced for our boys & girls in uniform overseas back in the 1940s and 50s.Â …Read More »
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Eddie Manion has provided a steady stream of big open 'Texas Tenor' R&B / Rock & Roll sounds for long time friends Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Southside Johnny for many years. Manion recently completed a 3 year worldwide tour…Read More »
THE STRAND THEATER PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A NEW YOUTH PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY!THE STRANDTASTICSYOUTH SHOW CHOIRDIRECTED BY STRAND FAN-FAVORITE MARY ANN MANGINI MARY ANN MANGINI LEADS ALL-NEW YOUTH SHOW CHOIRHurry!Â Registration Deadline is September…Read More »
THE STRAND'S EXCLUSIVE BROADWAY ON MAIN SERIES RETURNS WITH NOT ONE, BUT TWO, FULL-LENGTH MUSICALS FOR 2015-2016!Topping 2014's Oliver! will be quite a feat, but we are ready!Â Join us for the beloved musical hit, The Music Man!Â Already seen…Read More »
Zelienople, PA -- The Strand Theater announced today, its most ambitious live production since the historic theater reopened in 2009 after more than 25 years in darkness and decay: OLIVER! It's the first time that the venue will produce a full-cast,…Read More »
Amidst these darkened walls, shimmering above the cushioned seats and balcony rails, a ghastly presence roams, distraught that The Strand continues to thrive. As it traverses the deathly silent theater, the damp air becomes saturated. Stairs creek…Read More »
Seeking: children's chorus (appear ages 8-12)Â The Strand Theater in Zelienople is creating a new musical sensation.Â It's a musical revue celebrating songs from all of the great Broadway musicals inspired by 'The Good Book.'Â We're seeking 16…Read More »
Zelienople, PA - The Strand Theater Initiative announced that an anonymous donor has given the non-profit's Capital Campaign a major shot in the arm: a contribution of $100,000. Many people are familiar with the historic Strand, which…Read More »
Zelienople, PA -- The Strand Theater is proud to announce that it will be kicking off the 5th anniversary season of its exclusive Broadway Concert Series with Tony-Nominated star Lara Teeter. Teeter will lead a stellar local cast with a particular…Read More »
Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley & Bert Lahr See what we just did there? Run the new prequel followed by the classic original? Are we clever or what?! This is The Strand's second walk down the Yellow Brick…Read More »
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Assisted Living: The Musical is a funny & fun One-Act Celebration of getting old! The song list tells the story, and here are just a few examples: I've Fallen for You (& I Can't Get Up), I Got the 'Lost My Dentures on Steak Night' Blues, A…Read More »
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The Strand Theater is North Pittsburgh's Premiere Cultural, Education and Community Outreach Center! We present outstanding live programs featuring top shelf talent, as well as classic cinema in HD & 45 speaker surround-sound. The Strand is just…Read More »
Zelienople, PA---The Strand Theater Initiative announced today that it has added a second date for The Celtic Tenors Christmas Concert. This Thursday, November 29th, the trio considered to be the most successful classical crossover artists ever to…Read More »
Since its Grand Reopening in 2009, The Strand Theater's Silent Film Festivals have been popular staples at the historic cultural center. The Strand began its existence as a silent film house with live piano accompaniment and the non-profit…Read More »
The Strand's ever popular silent film festivals take on a whole dimension when we add live orchestral accompaniment using scores written for the original films. The Ivy Leaf Orchestra specializes in accompanying silent movies and they bring…Read More »
Live On Stage! Broadway and Pop Music in a Family Family Halloween Spectacular!Enchante' Cabaret is a professional performing arts company that tours throughout the Northeast and Midwest Regions of the United States. Since their commitment to…Read More »
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Zelienople, PA - The Strand Theater has announced today that Hope Alexander, award-winning and internationally traveled director and actor, has agreed to direct The Strand Theater's upcoming production of Noel Coward's famous comedy, Private…Read More »