Manchester presents history/future of the Strand Theater

MANCHESTERPeter Lo Bello will give a presentation  about the history and future of the Lakewood’s Strand Theatre at the Manchester library branch 2 p.m. Saturday April 5. He is the Director of Development for the Strand and serves on the institution’s Board of Directors.

Located in the heart of Ocean County, the Strand is known as an historical landmark. It is also one of the best acoustical theatres in the country.  

It opened in 1922 in downtown Lakewood, which at the time was a popular resort town frequented by notables like Grover Cleveland and John D. Rockefeller.

Within a week of its opening a pre-Broadway run of “The Devine Cook” starring then-popular actress Florence Reed was staged there.

Tickets for upcoming events at the Strand will be given away at this program.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive.

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