Marietta Landmark – Getting Ready To Reopen

The Strand Theater, a noted landmark on the historic Marietta Square in Cobb County, opened as a motion picture house in 1935 until its closing in 1976. The premier movie was Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In 2004, a capital campaign was launched to raise $5,000,000 for the restoration and endowment of the theater. As of November 2008, $3,200,000 has been pledged.
When it re-opens, a musical theater group called the Atlanta Lyric Theater will make its home there. The company’s season will include Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Priates of Penzance, and Chicago.

The Strand will also show classic, foreign and independent films including Casablanca, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and the Wizard of Oz. For more information, visit www.friendsofthestrand.org.