Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre, located in downtown Rockland on the coast of Maine, has been entertaining audiences since 1923. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater underwent an extensive renovation in 2005, which included new sound and projection equipment, a fully restored interior and exterior, and a bright new marquee. 

In 2014, the theater became a non-profit organization, and is now owned and operated by the Friends of the Strand Theatre. 

Today, the Strand Theatre is a multi-use venue offering the best of current first-run and independent films, live musical concerts and comedy, simulcasts, educational programs, conferences, and other special events on our stage and screen.



Film: Our programming includes an on-going regular schedule of current first-release, independent, and documentary film titles.  We also offer special film series, the occasional retrospective and classic film, film festivals, and special film events in conjunction with local organizations and partners including the The Camden International Film FestivalThe Maine Jewish Film FestivalThe Farnsworth Art Museum, and others.

HD Simulcasts: We present a variety of performances broadcast LIVE via satellite including The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, the National Theatre of London, the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema, and more.

At the Strand, seeing a movie is also about the experience. We present movies the way they were meant to be seen... on The Big Screen and in the restored beauty of a 1923 classic movie-house. The theater is equipped with state-of-the art projection and Dolby-digital surround sound, and our trained projectionists take great care to give our audience the best movie-going experience possible.  Closed captioning and visual-impairment assist devices are available, for the films that are formatted with that technology, to offer a better experience for patrons that are deaf or hard of hearing, or are blind or have low vision. In addition, our concession staff pops some of the best popcorn around!



The Strand Theatre presents a diverse year-round program of live music, comedy, performing arts, and other special events, including the Strand's ongoing concert series of live music featuring some of the finest established and emerging folk, roots, blues, and world music artists from around the globe.  Past performers on the Strand stage have included Ani Difranco, Pat Metheny, Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, Paula Poundstone, the Capitol Steps, LADAMA, Wailin' Jennys, Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra, and more.

The live performance schedule has also grown to include a series of educational and family programs. The Strand Family Series features professional music, theatre, and comedy for all ages at a Pay-What-You-Can ticket structure. Family Series artists also provide free student matinees for local schools. Past performers have included LADAMA, Kattam and His Tam Tams, Bee Parks and the Hornets, the Wiyos, the Cashore Marionettes, Me'lissa Smith, and Garry Krinsky.

I Have Worked With

  • The Strand hosts CMCA's Distinguished Lecture series each summer. They will also work together on a family-friendly event to celebrate Maine's bicentennial in March 2020.

  • The Strand hosts several Farnsworth events throughout the year, including the Wyeth Day Lecture series, the Stories of the Land education program, and Gala Awards Presentation. They will also work together on a family-friendly event to celebrate Maine's bicentennial in March 2020.

  • The Strand acts as one of the screening venues for the Camden International Film Festival, which showcases top documentaries from around the globe.


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 433
Rockland, ME 04841
Physical Address: 
345 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - Film
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Chamber
Music - Children's
Music - Choral
Music - Country
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - Native American Drum
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - R&B / Soul
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Centers
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - In School
Venue Rental
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Organizations

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Strand Theatre
Venue Type: 
Venue Address: 
345 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Dressing room(s)
Green room
Loading dock
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available