Strand loses heat, hopes to reopen next week

By Gary Budzak

January 27, 2014

The Strand Theatre is closed for the time being, due to a boiler breakdown.

A sign in one of the front doors said, “No Heat. Boiler has a fatal problem and we are working to try and find a solution.”

“It’s definitely not a comfortable movie-watching environment in there,” Kara Long, the Strand’s “Lady Behind the Curtain,” told The Gazette. “Sitting still in the dark for two hours, you kind of need heat.”

Long said the boiler went on the blink on Jan. 24, closing the theater. The theater was also closed Jan. 23 for unrelated plumbing issue, she said.

Fortunately, the Strand’s new seating area has heat.

“That’s keeping the building from freezing,” Long said. However, part of the building is 80 degrees, and the other part is 45 degrees.

“No matter what you do, it’s not that comfortable,” she said.

Repairmen are gathering information about the boiler, Long said, but, “These things aren’t sitting on shelves waiting to be shipped out.”

Long is hoping the Strand will reopen next week. “There doesn’t look like there will be movies this weekend. Definitely not this week.”

The 25,000-square foot Strand opened in 1916, and is one of the 10 longest-operating theaters in the country. Owned by the nonprofit Strand Theatre and Cultural Arts Association, there is currently a campaign underway to modernize and refurbish the theater by its centennial. For more information, visit, email, or call 740-815-9266.