Strand Theatre

Letters to the Editor: Strand Theatre is well-positioned for next mayor to build on momentum

To The Editor:

I applaud the Dorchester Reporter’s recent article on the Strand Theatre. Indeed, thanks to strong leadership from Mayor Menino, the theatre has ridden a wave of momentum that could be capitalized upon by an incoming mayor who recognizes the theatre as both a cultural asset as well as an important economic development engine for Upham’s Corner.  Read more

Kids get taste of ballet at Strand Theatre

Mar. 14, 2011

Chris Harding of Neighborhood Network News on BNN-TV reported on Friday's free Boston Ballet performances at the Strand Theatre:

Students Treated to Boston Ballet at Strand Theatre from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.  Read more

Tonight: Christmas concert at the Strand Theatre

The neighborhood’s Christmas celebrations will get the marquee treatment on Monday as the Boston Classical Orchestra and local partners stage a special holiday concert at the landmark Strand Theatre. The family-friendly show is billed as a neighborhood-wide effort, with special performances by the Boston City Singers and the the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy Choir and string ensembles.
Sean Roberts, a Jones Hill resident who serves as the executive director of the Boston Classical Orchestra, says that the show will fill a void in the neighborhood’s celebration of the Christmas season.

“We want to provide a special, family occasion for residents in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, a true Dorchester-wide event,” Roberts said. “Tickets are priced at only $5 for unreserved seating, so everyone can come and choose their seat.”  Read more

City Hall needs new approach to Strand revitalization

Mayor Tom Menino’s dream of “saving” Dorchester’s Strand Theatre is admirable. His administration has pumped some $8 million into the Columbia Road facility to date and plans to spend at least another $2 million on renovations in the next fiscal year.

Menino has a grand vision for the Strand, but sadly, his deputies have so far failed to deliver on Menino’s promise to make the Uphams Corner landmark a busy, viable performing arts center.  Read more

Despite millions in funding by city, little is happening at Strand Theatre

Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Aug. 25, 2010

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.After $8 million in renovations, Strand site unused 10 months a year; bustling '90s now a memory

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino says the proudest moment of his political career took place last year at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester when more than a thousand people, of all races, faiths and ages, locals as well as out-of-towners, turned out over two nights to attend the play “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

The mayor has given two of his State of the City addresses at the Strand and his commitment to the theatre goes beyond the rhetorical. He has channeled $10 million in city funds in an effort to return the Strand, the last neighborhood theatre in the city, to its early 20th-century glory.

But Menino’s enthusiasm for the Strand has not extended to his administration’s stewardship of the Uphams Corner fixture – even though it has become one of the city’s costliest neighborhood initiatives.

Despite the extensive renovations, usage of the theatre has fallen dramatically in recent years.  Read more

Once a haven for youth, Strand Theatre now seen more as history

Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 25, 2010

Akiba AbakaAkiba AbakaAt 14 years old, Vanessa Lindo took the stage for the first time in her life at the Strand Theatre. As the newest member of the Strand Teen Players, Lindo, a Jamaican immigrant living in Dorchester, saw a new world open before her eyes.

“We got on stage and started singing, me and 30 other kids,” she recalls. “I was so nervous, I stood in the back like a statue.”

Since her first stage performance, a lot has changed for Lindo, now 30 and known in Boston art circles as Akiba Abaka. She has found her voice and works as producing artistic director of Up You Mighty Race, an award-winning African theater ensemble and youth mentoring group.  Read more

Neighborhood kids bring unique harmonies to the Strand

As they did last year, the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) will hold its end-of-the-year concert at the Strand Theater in Uphams Corner. Co-sponsored by the City of Boston, this special season-wrapping performance will take place Saturday, May 30 from 2 to 4 pm. It is free and open to the public.  Read more

'Velvet Teddy Bear' gets sneak peek at Strand

Ruben Studdard, the American Idol champion who now headlines the touring musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" came to Dorchester on Monday to check out the Strand Theatre, where he and his fellow cast members will take the stage for four performances starting April 10.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more