About Strand Theater/ Cinema Assoc.INC
Kendallville’s Strand Theatre is one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the United States. Edward Spencer opened the Spencer Opera House in 1890, costing $29,000, on the former site of the Blockbuster Hotel. The ornately decorated opera house could seat 750 patrons and included a dress circle, balcony seating, and box seats. The Spencer Opera House opened in September 1890 with the play, “Edmund Kean”, starring Marlande Clarke. It also hosted opera, legitimate theater, and minstrel shows.