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The Strand from the Crockett Street side showing the full size of the building


The Strand Theatre in Shreveport, Louisianamarker, opened in 1925 and has the nicknames of "The greatest theatre of the South" and the "Million Dollar Theatre". Currently the Official State Theatre of Louisianamarker, it has been a cinematic and performing theatre over many decades. Currently it is a performing arts venue, featuring the Shreveport Broadway Series and other traveling Off-Broadway shows.

Emile Weil and Charles G. Davis of New Orleansmarker were the architects of the original Strand exterior. The interior was designed by Paul Heerwagen of Arkansasmarker. The Strand was a flagship theatre for Saenger Amusements Company, the forerunner of Paramount Pictures. In 1977, the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.,

During the 1960s, when the Strand was a regular theater, the facility was desegregated through the efforts of the Reverend Herman Farr, who in 1978 became one of the first three African Americans to have served on the Shreveport City Council.

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