Strand Theatre Holiday Shows

October 13
Bob Zany Comedy 

October 20
Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band 

November 23
Free Admission, 2 Showings 

December 1-9
Shelby County Players 

December 14
Directors’ Jazz Orchestra 
A Swingin’ Christmas 

December 15
Donnie Baker Comedy 

Strand Theatre 
215 S. Harrison Street Shelbyville, IN 46176

About the Strand Theatre…

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.

The Strand’s tranformation began when 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 could possibly be lost to history.

Beginning in the spring of 2006, a transition team made up of members of the Main Street 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 was 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 Main Street 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.

Now, the real work began!  A project of this magnitude requires participation from the entire community. The Strand Theatre project was set up to allow all who wish to participate to opportunity to do so.  

The renovation started April 7, 2007. The theatre was completed and reopened as a Performing Arts Center on January 17, 2008. The renovation was made possible by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers of all ages and economic backgrounds. The theatre is now open an fufilling it’s mission to be a venue for the performing arts in Shelbyville and Shelby County.

The Strand continues with over 100 performances per year encompassing a wide variety of entertainment.