STRAND spotlight

Join us for a Summer of Giving!

The Giving Tree in our lobby is full of tags that represent many of our everyday and special expenditures that happen behind the scenes -- such as a month of our electric bill, cables for virtual program streaming, lunch for a visiting artist, even a new bulb for our film projector! Stop by our lobby this summer, and choose a tag for the item you'd like to help us with.

Or make a donation on our website, or by texting GIVESTRAND to 44321. 

Your donation helps to offset programming costs and supports the real world, everyday work of the Strand. Thank you!

The Strand presents two free-admission screenings for our Members each year. Not yet a Member? You can join HERE, or in the lobby immediately prior to the show.

Coming up on June 30 at 7pm is the film PASSING: Filmmaker Rebecca Hall's adaptation of Nella Larsen's 1929 novel. Set in 1920s New York City, the story follows a light-skinned Black woman who finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who's passing as white.

Directed by Rebecca Hall
Starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland
PG-13 | USA | 2021 | 1h 38m


RSVP to Anne, our Membership Coordinator, at [email protected] or 207-701-5053

Sorry, no general admission tickets will be sold for this show.



Maine Public Members can enjoy 2-for-1 movie admissions at the Strand throughout the month of May!

Simply present your plastic MemberCard or the MemberCard Mobile App at our box office, for any of our regularly scheduled films, to receive this benefit.

For more details about MPBN's MemberCard, and how to download the mobile app, visit MPBN's website.

AIO Food and Energy Assistance hosted its second annual FILL THE STRAND food and funds drive to benefit AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal and Diaper Assistance Programs on Monday, January 17 at the Strand. This event challenges the community to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds for AIO’s programs.

The results are in-- and together we filled the Strand more than three times, raising almost $25,000 in sponsorships and donations and more than a 1/2 ton in food donations.

It was a wild weather day with 60-mile per hour winds, sideways rain and a power outage, but that didn't stop volunteers from Allen Insurance & Financial and AIO from being at the ready to greet visitors, nor donors from braving the weather to drop off their donations.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped “Fill The Stand” and provide AIO with much-needed funds and food to help families throughout Knox County endure another challenging winter. The response from the community has been tremendous!

AIO is grateful to its partners and sponsors the Strand Theatre, Allen Insurance and Financial, First National Bank and First National Wealth Management, Rockport Steel, Fletcher and Michael McNaboe of City + Harbor Real Estate Group for their support of the event.

Thanks to the local businesses who were food collection sites including:

Allen Insurance & Financial offices, First National Bank, The Strand Theatre, Main Street Markets, Camden National Bank, and Rock City Coffee

By Liz McLeod

Ever Your House Manager


“You cannot be serious!” thundered Miss Carol T. Cat.

“That’s true,” I acknowledged. “It’s one of my many personal failings. On the other hand, look what being serious gets you. Years of therapy, that’s what being serious gets you, and do you know how much that costs? My way, everybody thinks you’re weird, but at least you have emotional security.”

Miss Carol glared balefully, her bright green eyes fixed upon me like a magnifying glass in a little kid’s hand on a hot day. Only instead of burning her initials into the doorstep for want of anything better to do, Miss Carol burned her eyes into my soul. Or maybe she was just looking past me, at the cobweb hanging from my kitchen ceiling. Whatever. Like I said, I don’t take her very seriously.

“You mean to tell me,” she continued, “that these wretched shortages CONTINUE? That you cannot purchase the required merchandise to sustain my diet – so you instead feed me this – this – substance?”

“It’s baby food,” I replied, throwing up my hands and catching them again before they could hit the floor. “Pureed Chicken, to be exact. It’s very healthy – and besides, you’ve only got one tooth left, and licking it up off the dish is probably an easier way to go at this point.” I didn’t mention my ulterior motive, of course, which was that I’ve been grinding up Miss Carol’s thyroid medicine and lacing the spoonsful of baby food with the resulting powder. Little does she realize.

“And do not for one moment presume to think that your tampering with these gelatinous meals has gone unnoticed,” she rasped as she lowered her head to the dish. “I shall attend to you presently. As soon as I have” – and here she commenced to lick furiously – “finished this flavorsome repast.”

That’s how it is, though. Have you looked at the cat food aisle in the grocery store lately, its yawning emptiness a fitting representation of the erratic world in which we are forced now to live? Those shortages have hit us at the Strand as well – well, not to say we’re planning to sell cat food at the concession stand. Unless there’s a demand, of course. But the other things that we *do* sell at the concession stand, well, the shortages are rampant. Junior Mints? Fuhgeddaboudit. Peanut M&Ms? I wish. And Moxie, blessed Moxie, once and forever Maine’s Official Gentian-Flavored Carbonated Drink? The distribution office at Coca-Cola New England has no idea when we’ll be able to get a shipment again. Once these shortages were unexpected and annoying. Now they just lie there and throb, like a migraine at 2 AM. We’ve gone from expecting the unexpected to living in a world where expectations are irrelevant.

And yet, we carry on, because in show business that’s what you do. The world needs entertainment and escape and moments of distraction, and we’re doing everything we can to provide them. And when expectations don’t quite materialize, we simply shift those expectations ahead. If we’re unable to do a show on a given date – like our GoldenOak concert, originally scheduled for January 21st – then we roll up our sleeves and say “all right, we’ll do that show another time.”  There’s nothing to be gained by complaining that the world right now isn’t what we’d hoped it would be. Shift your expectations. Bend, don’t break. And eventually, there’ll come a time when there’ll be plenty of entertainment, plenty of escape, plenty of distractions, plenty of Junior Mints, plenty of Peanut M&Ms and, we assure you, plenty of Moxie. Because that’s what we need right now. Plenty of, as they used to say, Moxie.

Oh, and plenty of cat food, too. 

AIO’s second FILL THE STRAND food and funds drive to benefit AIO’s programs will be held on Monday, January 17, 9:00am-2:00pm at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. AIO’s goal is to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds for AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance Programs.

AIO invites the community to hold their own mini-food and fund drives within their groups, workplaces, and neighborhoods to help with the drive. Individuals can sponsor a bag at $25, which will fill one seat in the theater. Non-perishable food is also appreciated. To learn about most needed items or to sponsor a seat visit A downloadable event poster is also available at that website. Volunteers will be at the Strand Theatre on 1/17 to receive food and funds donations.

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