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Friends Of The Strand, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews 1,228

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

PO Box 4186 Marietta GA 30061 USA

Mission:

The Strand answers to a market demand for unique entertainment for a wide range of audiences, unlike any other venue. The convergence of a variety of community interests, economics and market needs offer a truly unique situation that will serve local interests and create a ?magnet? attraction for the Historic Marietta area.

Programs:

In addition to showing classic, foreign, independent, and silent films, the renovated theatre will feature a stage with a proscenium arch for live performances including black box theatre, musicals, concerts, dance recitals, and more.The Atlanta Lyric Theatre will become the sole music theatre company in residence at The Strand Thatre and will launch its 2008-09 season at its new home this December. The Lyric will produce and present six to eight musical theater productions at The Strand each year over the next five years.

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Reviews for Friends Of The Strand, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Strand's marquis shines like a beacon on the Marietta Square. The theatre offers a variety of movies, plays, concerts, art exhibits, and events and has inspired an entire community through it's quality of shows and historic preservation. The economic impact the theatre has on the local shops and restaurants has been profound, as most theatre guests will eat or shop on the Square before attending a show. The rooftop terrace provides the best view of Kennesaw Mountain and Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The theatre has created such an impression, it has attracted the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and has built a successful partnership with them. Initially, The Strand's goal was to host 100 events in their first year. They surpassed their goal by doing 500, and although the staff is quite small, this number is a testimonial to the dedication and passion each person possesses. Earl Reece is a pillar in the community and is highly respected. He has assembled a staff of individuals with integrity and excellence. Under his leardership, the Strand has been an important addition to our community and continues to be a vital draw for tourism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

In the year the Earl Smith Strand Theatre has been opened, it has had an amazing impact on Marietta. We now have Silent Movies with the organ making an afternoon or evening of family entertainment. We have musicals, old movies, plays and live entertainment. It make the Square of Marietta even more alvie and vibrant and I want to thank The Friends of the Strand for bringing it back to life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

private functions, large corporate events, plays and musicals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more community involvment from our Board to promote the Earl Smith Strand

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the re-opening of this grand venue

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay off our construction loan and bring more arts and education to the community

Ways to make it better...

if all the seats were full

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a wonderful venue everyone should visit it because you will be hooked and keep returning

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Earl Smith Strand Theater continues to make such a positive impact in our community. Back in October, The Strand partnered with our school for a benefit to raise funds for our school's integrated arts program. Both performance nights were a sell out! The Strand is a venue where the people of our community want to gather. They know that they will be welcomed in a beautiful space by professionals who love our community. This organization, led by Earl Reece, is a tremendous asset to the Marietta/Cobb community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their organization, hospitality and professionalism.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way the people who work at The Strand make you feel. They are welcoming, encouraging, and want to make sure that your event is the best it can be.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Share the Love! The Strand Theater, and all who work with this organization want the Arts to be a vibrant part of our community. They are the type of organization that wants to pull others along side their successful run.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I can't believe how beautiful The Strand Theatre is. I saw it when they were raising money for the theatre and it was just a shell. It is a great addition to our community and they are a true community partner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all incredibly talented, professional and kind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Prior to the renovation of the Strand, the building was an empty eyesore on the Marietta Square. Since the renovation the building has become not only a revived historic building but also an active venue that helps build community within Marietta!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to serve the Marietta community and provide more events at the venue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The Strand is a top notch venue that not only provides interesting, unique entertainment but is very nostalgic for the native Mariettans. An excellent venue!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending excellent events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

the venue had more events!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

As a patron of the Strand I have enjoyed many performances, fundraisers and gatherings in the past year at The Strand. The entertainment at The Strand is top-notch and the relationship-building that has occurred through the Strand is beyond meaningful. The staff is AMAZING and they draw such wonderful crowds and create such a positive and entertaining environment. As a visual artist I have also been blessed with the opportunity to participate in the "Art Walk" as well as have my first solo exhibit in the area. My experience at the Strand as an artist has truly been immeasurable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own career as an artist as well as relationships formed through the Strand.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, helpful and passionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Earl Smith Strand Theatre has provided many different activities for all members of our family. Concerts, musical and dance shows, movies and many more events that are easy to sttend in the historic Marietta Square. The Strand has been a wonderful addition to the revitalized Marietta Square.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the renovated Strand Theatre come back to life and provide multiple exciting arts programs to the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of arts programs they provide.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very excited about the new Strand Theatre.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Complete the work started and contiue to provide lower cost arts programs to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

wonderful experiences... wonderful people... wonderful venue. I always feel appreciated for the time I give. Two facilities improvements would be the sink faucets in the restrooms and more emphasis on sound quality. I know that's diverse but they are the only two things I could come up with. I'd like to emphasize how wonderful the staff is... always helpful, friendly, and appreciative.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Once again, staff and volunteers are always friendly, helpful, and appreciative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really vamp up the educational programs and really make an impact on the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Nostalgia! Near perfect restoration! Fabulous events! The BEST location! The roof top bar! Best staff in the world, even donating part of their income to make it more wonderful! Terrific volunteers! Never boring! Earl Reece! The Board of Directors, made up of the best of the community! Shall I continue?? I love it more than anything in a long time!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people running the entire deal! They make every production a true PRODUCTION! Best stuff around!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Totally committed!

Ways to make it better...

when we get the sound system perfected.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

We need $$$$ to rain down from heaven!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'll be there Friday night!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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