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Strand Theater Initiative

Strand Theater Initiative
119 North Main Street
724-742-0400

History:

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.


Upcoming Events at Strand Theater Initiative

Performance - The Purple Piano : Prince Tribute

Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 at 3:00pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Performance - The Purple Piano : Prince Tribute

Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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The Jersey Tenors

Saturday, Jan 14, 2023 at 2:00pm
Zelienople, PA
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The Jersey Tenors

Saturday, Jan 14, 2023 at 7:30pm
Zelienople, PA
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Doc Dixon Comedy And Magic Show

Friday, Feb 3, 2023 at 7:30pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Mandy Patinkin In Concert ‘Being Alive’

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 at 7:30pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Superstar! Tribute to The Carpenters

Friday, Feb 10, 2023 at 7:30pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Let's Groove Tonight - Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 at 7:30pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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The Celtic Tenors 2023

Monday, Mar 6, 2023 at 7:30pm
Zelienople, PA
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The Celtic Tenors 2023

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023 at 7:30pm
Zelienople, PA
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The Celtic Tenors 2023

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 at 7:30pm
Zelienople, PA
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Live On Stage - Chris Collins and Members of Boulder Canyon

Saturday, Apr 22, 2023 at 2:00pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Live On Stage - Chris Collins and Members of Boulder Canyon

Saturday, Apr 22, 2023 at 7:30pm
The Strand Theater
Zelienople, PA
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Recent News

Strand Theater Initiative - The Jersey Tenors

From Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli to Figaro Forgettaboutit!!! DIRECT FROM THE JERSEY SHORE! The Jersey Tenors is the newest Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation! The group creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics alongside such…

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Broadway On Main And 'Tis The SeasonSubscriptions Announced - 2022-23

Announcing the Strand's All New Broadway On Main & 'Tis The Season Subscription Series! Greetings from The Strand Theater! What a joy it's been to see so many new faces and returning friends at The Strand over the last several months! After…

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Calvin Jones, Global Concert Pianist

THE STRAND THEATER PROUDLY PRESENTS AN EVENING OF WORLD CLASS PIANO CALVIN JONES INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN RECORDING ARTIST AND FILM SCORE COMPOSER WILL PERFORM AN EXCLUSIVE PIANO CONCERT AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE TOUR! CALVIN JONES joins us all…

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Strand Theater Happenings Newsletter - June 18, 2021

We're Back and Better Than Ever! New Seasons + Two New Shows Announced! THE STRAND'S ALL NEW BROADWAY ON MAIN & 'TIS THE SEASON SUBSCRIPTION SERIES Greetings from The Strand Theater! We hope that you've been enjoying the Spring season and the…

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