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The Strand Theatre has been a fixture in Shelbyville, Indiana since 1916. One of the few remaining old theaters in the Midwest, the Strand is part of the historical fabric of Shelbyville and a main center of activities for the city, especially the performing arts.
Recently a group called MainStreet Shelbyville, Inc. took over the care and ownership of this historic building, working in conjunction with the a non-profit group called Strand Theatre of Shelbyville, Incorporated. Renovations, begun in earnest in 2007, have completed an impressive transformation to this facility.
The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville is now a true center for the performing arts, made possible through the work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
The performance stage in the Strand is practical and ample, with all the necessary trimmings. The actual auditorium of the Strand Theatre is a large-sized room, built for the comfort of both performers and viewers. The seating is steeply raked, so there is no bad seat in the house. The colors are at once muted and pleasing, lending warmth to the room without distracting.
There are two levels of plush seating, with a large balcony, remnant of the days of the old movie theaters.
Events in Shelbyville often find a convenient venue at the newly rejuvenated Strand Theatre. A typical month of productions might include a film festival, a job fair, an art festival, various meetings of groups such as the local Kiwanis, an audition for a show put on by the Shelby County Players and a play put on by the same talented group.
One of the nice additions in the Strand Theatre is its venerable old pipe organ, a six-rank, two-manual Louisville from 1928.
Lots of other live performances find their way to the stage at the Strand. Concerts by musicians in Shelbyville and other cities in Indiana, including nearby Indianapolis, are a frequent source of entertainment and inspiration to Hoosiers in and around the city. The Strand Theatre has become a major source of pride among Shelbyville attractions and the Shelbyville arts.
215 S Harrison St
Shelbyville, IN 46176
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