(57) 236 Main Street

236 Main"The building just south was the Colonial Theater owned by Ed Spencer who sold to Pliny J. Truesdell who sold to H.T. Coons of Chicago, August 19, 1913. The Theater was called "The Gem" until Sam Routes bought it and renamed it "The Strand." In 1913 the program listed three one-reel movies and two acts of vaudeville. Prusieckis took over The Strand in 1939. It is now a saloon. This building and the next one on the corner were built in 1893."

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A Dash to Death, which came out in 1909, was playing at the theater when this photo (otherwise undated) was taken.
♦ An early-20th-century postcard that takes in the northwest corner of Main and Third.
♦ You can see the Gem Theater with its elegant arched entryway in this undated image at Third and Main Streets, and this 1913 image.

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