Strand Theatre

Strand Theatre

Stage Number: MBSH.04.02.29

Group: Eastern & Bay

Local Study Area: Wynnum-Wynnum West-Manly-Lota-Manly West

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Esplanade, Manly

Latitude & Longitude: -27.45191667,153.18625

Time Link: 1916

Map Link: 1917

Image Time Point: 1917

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The Strand Picture Palace opened circa 1916 at the height of World War I, and even hosted an anti-conscription rally in October of that year. Live shows were also presented in the theatre on occasion. New owners in 1926 introduced a ‘juvenile orchestra’, so the quality of the music accompanying the silent movies would have been variable. It was run by the Geraghty Family for many years, who also owned the Imperial Theatre in Wynnum South. They renovated the Strand during the 1930s and it remained successful for years to come, but it eventually closed down circa 1964.


Daily Standard, 24 October 1916 Brisbane Courier, 29 June 1925, Brisbane Courier, 5 April 1930; Wynnum Manly Historical Society Inc., Newsletter, No.43, June 2012, p. 11.

Image Citations

Members of the Strand and Imperial Theatres Cricket Club pose with James Geraghty, 1938-1939. Brisbane City Council. Brisbane Images. BCC-WYN-485.

Map References

MLMS. 8 chain series 1904–1917—Brisbane. 8 chains to the inch. Cadastral map of Brisbane and Suburbs sheet 5. MLMS 8 Chain