Countdown To Transition
The Strand Theatre has been a mainstay of the Shelbyville, Indiana cityscape since 1916. With the exception of the transition period beginning in the spring of 2005, the Strand has been in continuous operation since opening in the spring of 1916. It is the only surviving "old" theatre in the city limits of Shelbyville.
MainStreet Shelbyville, Inc., acquired the building from its owners in the summer of 2004 to help preserve this important part or our local history. There was a strong sentiment among the board members of this group that if this important step were not taken, the building, and possibly the entire block would be lost to history.
Beginning in the spring of 2006, a transition team made up of members of the MainStreet board of directors and members of the new not-for-profit Strand Theatre of Shelbyville, Incorporated worked diligently to transfer ownership of the Strand and is assets. The focus of the new group is solely to renovate, rejuvenate and operate the Strand Theatre.
On Thursday, October 12, 2006, a media event was held at the Shelbyville City Hall to announce to the public the final transition. This announcement was made with Shelbyville Mayor, Scott Furgeson, members of the board of MainStreet Shelbyville, Incorporated and members of the new board of directors of Strand Theatre of Shelbyville, Incorporated. Other groups present at the event were members of the Shelby Arts Council, the Shelby County Historical Society, the Shelby Community Band, the Blue River Community Choir and the Shelby County Players. An excellent article may be found at The Shelbyville News.
Now, the real work begins! A project of this magnitude requires participation from the entire community. The Strand Theatre project is set up to allow all who wish to participate to opportunity to do so. If you see the doors open or the lights on, come on in to see what’s going on. This project is truly one of inclusion. For information about helping out, call 317-392-1713.