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Strand Theatre - Columbia, SC


The Strand Theatre - 1942

Photo from the collection of Malcolm Samuel Suggs, City Manager of the
seven Columbia Theatres in the Wilby-Kincey Theatre Chain - Charlotte, NC.
(Palmetto, Ritz, Strand, Carolina, 5 Points, Star-Lite Drive-In and later the Richland Mall.)
 

During WWII, Fort Jackson was the major Infantry Training Base for the US Army and the soldiers were allowed Sunday day-passes to leave the fort. Downtown theatres were the main attraction. Often they stood in lines around the block for the length of the feature to get a seat. The theatres opened at 1:00 pm and the last show was around 9:00 pm, getting out at 11:00. More than likely, a late show was helf after 11:00 to accommodate the crowds.

Photos by Charles Old Studio - Columbia
Courtesy of David Suggs, Blythewood, SC

 
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