This January marks a very special DOUBLE FEATURE event for The Strand.

“We have the opportunity to celebrate two legends: the two-year birthday of the reopening of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre and the 80th birthday of the theatre’s namesake, Earl Smith,” said Strand Executive Director Earl Reece.

The Strand Theater opened its doors in 1935, providing movie entertainment to thousands until it closed its doors as a movie house in 1976. After serving as a variety of venues, a “FOR RENT” sign was placed in the box office window of the aged movie house.

Earl Smith saw the weathered and time-ravaged Strand and envisioned her classic beauty restored at the center of a thriving community. With the assistance of many other volunteers, he organized the nonprofit Friends of The Strand, Inc. and steered the six-year fund-raising effort to bring life back to the heart of Marietta.

The community will gather to applaud two years of the theatre’s renewed life and 80 unequaled years of Earl Smith, while raising funds to keep The Strand alive and well. Guests will enjoy a black-tie evening of live stage entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, a birthday toast, and a silent auction benefiting The Strand. Tickets will be on sale at The Strand’s box office on Nov. 1 and are $60 per person.

On Saturday, January 8, 2011
7 PM Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
8 PM Live Stage Entertainment


Earl Smith Strand Theatre
117 North Park Square
Marietta, 30060

Free around Marietta Square/Cobb County Parking Garage

For more information, please call the Box Office at 770-293-0080. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM; 1 PM to 4 PM; and two hours before the show.



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