The Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA)
recently announced their partnership with Restoration Church to bring performing arts to the Historic Strand Theatre on Broad Street.
The building will be converted into a full performing arts venue. Restoration Church and DKA will partner on various events ranging from family based dramas and comedy to musicals and concerts.
The building will continue to function as the home of the Restoration Church. For more information on the Strand Theatre Project please visit the DKA’s website.
The Strand Theatre was the first movie theater in Kingsport. Originally located on the corner of Main and Shelby Streets, the theater moved to 140 Broad Street (former home of Goodwin Furniture Company) in 1925. The building on the corner of Main and Shelby later became the Gem Theatre and is the current home of the DKA.
The Strand Theatre burned down on December 22, 1945, but was reopened in 1947.
The Strand Theater officially closed October 23, 1982.
In 1989, the Restoration Church moved into the historic theater building.
You can view these pictures and more of the Strand Theatre and other Kingsport Movie Theaters on the archives online image gallery at www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives.