Apr 11 2016

A Titanic Night

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The Strand Theatre and 18 on the Square present a very special dinner and a movie event.
18 on the Square will serve the entire 10 course meal that the First Class passengers enjoyed the night the Titanic sank.
The dinner will begin at 5.

Following dinner, the Strand will present Titanic at approximately 7:30. Admission to the movie is included with dinner.

18 on the Square is located appropriately enough on the Shelbyville public square.

Seating for dinner is limited to 90.  No tickets will be sold at the door. They must be purchased by 2 pm Thursday, April 12.  Available online, at the Strand or at 18 on the Square.

Those wishing to only view the movie may buy movie only tickets at the door for $5.Titanic Menu

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Apr 27 2014

Cosmos Rocks the Strand

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Cosmos returned to the Strand Theatre on Saturday April 25, 2014.  They were joined by Scot Shrader, Gary Shrader and Royce Rolls.

The evening was a treasure trove of outstanding music.   The program included everything from The Beatles to Black Sabbath.   Everyone in attendance had a great time.

This was the third annual Cosmos show.   They have established the evening as a concert where you can hear music that is deep in the albums.   This is something you just can’t experience everyday!


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Apr 27 2014

Quality of Life Meeting

Quality of Life Meeting

The Blue River Community Foundation is hosting a Quality of Life meeting at the Strand Theatre on Wednesday April 30, 2014.

Work continues on a Quality of Life Plan for the Shelby County community. On April 30th at the Strand Theatre, a public meeting will be held to discuss the strategy and hear from two experts in the field. The message will include Shelby County’s demographics and larger trends, how those factors underline any quality of life planning, and how community development is indeed, economic development.

Amy Haacker, Director of the Blue River Community Foundation, explains how this plan builds upon previous work. “From our vantage point at the Foundation, we have the perspective of knowing much of what is happening in the community across many sectors. Earlier in the year, several things were happening: The positive momentum around Healthy Shelby County and Livable Communities and the collaborations formed as part of those efforts; new programs like the Industry to Education program and Manufacturing Skills Connection to address our workforce and education needs; the Cultural Team feasibility study; and the Blue River Trail project receiving funding.

At the same time, Community Aspiration and Life Long Learning began reorganizing into the Quality of Life Coalition and the City began to think about a quality of life plan and began efforts in that direction. There was an obvious need to incorporate all of these efforts into one cohesive plan. After discussion with the mayor and other groups, and looking at what other communities have done successfully, we thought that the Foundation, being non-political and not tied to any one area of programming, would be an ideal convener for this effort, just as we have been in the past. We are working toward a plan that recognizes existing areas of momentum and clarifies priorities for today and tomorrow.”


Haacker acknowledges that the community has already put resources into visioning and planning in the

past. She emphasizes that the work that has been done with Community Aspiration and other planning processes will be the building blocks of this Quality of Life Plan. “We currently do not have a plan that has taken that work to the next step, which is formulating a list of feasible projects with timelines, benchmarks and funding mechanisms. It is vitally important that we get broad participation in this effort and include the current work and goals of many of the organizations, government agencies and civic groups.“

Two experts will talk about important aspects of this work at the April 30th Klacik, Senior Policy Analyst with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute will discuss population and demographic trends that Haacker says will be a call to action for a more proactive approach to Quality of Life Planning and Community Development. His work is focused on Indiana and trying to understand the interaction of economic and community development policy, taxation, and trends, and the effect on the quality of life and economic vitality of metropolitan areas.


David Terrell, the Director of Economic Development Policy at the Building Better Communities Program at Ball State will then share a message that Community Development is Economic Development and how we move forward in this important work. David is formerly the Executive Director with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and an architect of the Stellar Communities program, Hometown at 2:00 pm meeting at the Strand.

If you go:

What: Quality of Life Planning – open to the public

Where: The Strand Theatre

Time: April 30th

For questions or comments, contact Amy Haacker at the Blue River Community Foundation at 392-7955

or ahaacker@blueriverfoundation.com

2:00 pm

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Apr 25 2014


Friday Night Frights April 2014 Worm Marquee

Worm was shows at the Strand Theatre’s April Friday Night Frights.   This new film had not had many theatrical showings.   The audience loved the film.  When finished everyone applauded.   The Strand is proud to highlight new works of talented filmmakers.   Best of luck to WORM as it progresses to general distribution.    The program notes are below:

Main Credits


Director: Doug Mallette

Producers: Jennifer Bonior & Jeremy Pearce

Editor: Ryan Kendrick

VFX Supervisor: Julián Herrera

Director of Photography: Robert Bennett

Art Director: Brooke E. Wood-Herrera

Special FX Make-Up: Abby Kelly & Elizabeth Goans

Original Music: William Mitchell


John Ferguson – Charles

Jes Mercer – June

Shane O’Brien – Reed



In a time where recreational parasites induce your wildest fantasies,

one luckless loser struggles to keep the life of his ‘dreams’ from

squirming away.


Socially awkward Charles lives in a world where we have lost the

ability to dream. He longs for friends and love but has to settle for

an over-bearing father and a cosmetically-challenged dog. When

the miracle product Fantasites, a parasite that returns our ability

to dream, hits the market, the world quickly gets swept up in the

phenomenon and Charles is no exception.

Charles sees the trendy product as a way to connect with the friends

he’s always wanted and finally get June, the girl of his ‘dreams.’

But, Fantasites aren’t without controversy. Fun-loving fantasies

ultimately give way to disturbing side effects, and when the product

disappears from shelves, users go to horrific lengths to keep their

brains detached from reality.

Charles soon finds himself struggling to keep the life he’s dreamed

about from squirming away.

Fun Facts…


-The film was shot on just a little over $7,000 and plenty of favors

from anyone who was willing to help support it.

-Nearly everyone involved in Worm were friends who had attended

the same film school in Nashville, Tennessee together.

-The entire film was improvised. There was never a script written. All

the dialogue, camera-angles, and so forth were made up the day they

were filmed.

-The film took a little over 2 years to complete in order to work around

everyone’s separate work schedule.

-As of right now, the film is not available on DVD but is hoping to

have a distribution deal in the works soon.

-The next film in the works from Untrademarked Productions is called

“Nuts.” Nuts is a bizarro, violent love story that centers around

people in animal costumes doing horrible things and having horrible

things done to them. For more info and promo art about “Nuts”

please visit…


Like “Worm” on Facebook…


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Apr 24 2014

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: 4/24/2014

The Strand has been busy, and so have our volunteers.  Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day to get things done.   Here is a short recap of all the happenings.
Our renovation is almost done!   The final job is to drywall our new bathroom construction.   This is a bit more involved than we thought.   It involves a removing a front window and using a boom truck to get the drywall into the theatre.  Once the material is in, it will go quickly.

We sold out for the Heywood Banks show.   Everyone gave rave reviews to the roomier balcony.   We had every seat filled and the new seats and configuration performed perfectly.   Thank you to all who helped get this important upgrade completed.    The bills are in (and paid) and we are proud to announce that the $27,000 grant from the Blue River Community Foundation was spent 100% locally.   We did not spend one nickel of that grant outside our community.   The $5000 grant from Mainstreet Shelbyville for our bathrooms was also spent 100% locally.

The Strand believes strongly in the talent of our community.   This is onstage and off.  Our local contractors and suppliers have the skill and expertise to do anything our community needs.   We do not “shop around” outside our community for a better price.   We believe that since you have funded the Strand through your donations it is our responsibility to keep those funds in our local economy.   Thank you Shelby County!
Our 98 year old theatre threw us some curve balls and we ran over budget, but considering the work done for the funds spent, everyone did a great job!  We put 50 year quality into the renovation.  We intend these changes to last many years.
This week had our annual Spring Poetry Reading.   Three Sisters Books and Gifts organize and sponsor this event.  Local and regional poets shared their works.  It is always a fun evening.   Our next poetry will be in October!
Friday Night Fright’s monthly installment is this Friday April 25 at 7:30pm.   In April we are showing a recent (1985) classic and a new film.  H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator directed by Stuart Gordon is a genre film that has been a staple since it was released.   The film WORM is a new work by Doug Mallette.   The synopsis of WORM is: “In a time where recreational parasites induce your wildest fantasies, one luckless loser struggles to keep the life of his ‘dreams’ from squirming away.”   We love showing new films.  This should be fun.   Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets are only $5.
On Saturday night April 26th COSMOS returns to the Strand Stage.   The band, with leader Laura Harmon, will entertain with songs that are not heard as much live.   This is what the musicians want to present, and it will be fun.   The set list includes songs from King Crimson, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, White Stripes, SRC, Alan Parsons Project, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Heart and many more!  Come out and enjoy an evening of live music.   All proceeds help the Strand!   Thank you COSMOS.
The Strand has a full schedule in the weeks ahead.   This is all because of your support.  Thank you for making the Strand Theatre the performing arts destination in the heart of Shelby County in Downtown Shelbyville.  Hope to see you at the Strand!
Friday Night Frights
Re-Animator (1985)
Worm (2013)
April 25, 2014 7:30pm
Rock Concert
April 26, 2014 8:00pm
$5 (all proceeds benefit the Strand)
Blue River Community Foundation
April 30, 2014 2:00pm
Shelbyville High School
May 3, 2014
Shelbyville Middle School
May 9, 2014
May 17, 2014
$20 Advance (tickets are selling fast!)

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Apr 13 2014

Cosmos Returns!

Cosmos returns to the Strand Theatre for a concert on Saturday April 26, 2014.    The concert will include Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Prog Rock…and a smidge of Metal.    Cosmos will be joined by special guests Scot and Gary Shrader and Royce Rolls!  The songs to be performed include:

21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
All the Young Dudes – David Bowie
Aqualung – Jethro Tull
Carolina Drama – White Stripes
Checkmate – SRC
Day After Day – Alan Parsons
Don’t Talk to Strangers – Ronnie Dio
Halo of Flies – Alice Cooper
Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin
Mistral Wind – Heart
One More Red Nightmare – King Crimson
Orion (instrumental) – Metallica
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac

Come and support the Strand and hear a great concert.  Tickets are only $5.  Show starts at 8pm.

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Apr 13 2014

Poetry – April 23, 2014

Poetry Returns!   National Poetry Month will be celebrated at the Strand Theatre with an evening of poetry.   This annual event is sponsored by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.

Help us welcome Steve Roberts as our featured poet at Poetry Night at the Strand on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm.  Open mic to follow so bring your own poems to read and share.   Admission is FREE

Spring Poetry


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