STRAND spotlight

Dear Strand friends,

Our priority at the Strand is the health and safety of our patrons and employees. We will continue to monitor and follow guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local and state public health authorities.

While the current risk level of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in midcoast Maine is considered to be low, we wanted to share the steps we're taking here at the Strand - and the precautions we, as a community of individuals, should take - to help keep each other healthy.

As of Friday, March 13, the Strand's regularly scheduled films will be screened as planned, until further notice; please see our websiteor call (207) 594-0070 for current updates.

Unfortunately, however, some of our upcoming events have been postponed or canceled due to decisions made by other presenting organizations or the inability of our visiting artists to travel.

As of today, we have had to postpone the following events:


·      March 14: Met Opera Live-in-HD: Der Fliegende Hollander

·      March 14: The Bicentennial Birthday Bash Show

·      March 14 & 15: Maine in the Movies screenings (In the Bedroom; Captain        January; Peyton Place)

·      March 20: Kat Edmonson concert

·      March 24: Met Opera Encore: Der Fliegende Hollander

·      April 5: Maine Jewish Film Festival


Rescheduled dates for these events as well as any additional event postponements will be announced via e-blast and social media, and on our website. Ticket buyers will be contacted in the event of a cancelation or postponement.

In the meantime, we ask that our patrons and staff adhere to the following guidelines and be aware of the steps we are taking to ensure everyone's health and safety:

·      If you have a fever, cough or sore throat, please do not come into the Strand. If you are sick, or wish to avoid a large group, we will happily refund your advance-purchased tickets for concerts that are scheduled through May 1; please call our box office at 207-594-0070 or e-mail [email protected]for assistance.

·      We will sell tickets for no more than 50% capacity for our movies, to allow for social distancing with fellow patrons

·      We have been increasing our frequency of cleaning and disinfecting our theater, including the box office, concessions stand, theater seats, and restrooms. 

·      We've instructed staff to follow standard precautions, including frequent handwashing, and to stay home if they feel ill. 

Thank you for your support and cooperation. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!


The Strand Board and Staff

Coming on Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm

Using animation, projections, and her own moving shadow, multimedia performance artist MIWA MATREYEK creates magical, surreal, visually rich live performances that leave audiences spellbound!

THIS WORLD MADE ITSELF is a visually rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe’s epic beginnings to the complex world of humanity. 

INFINITELY YOURS, her latest work, explores global warming, the anthropocene, and the vastly changing earth. 


Watch a TED performance


Miwa received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007.

She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, in various contexts, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, puppet festivals, art museums, science museums, tech conferences, and universities. A few examples are TEDGlobal, Sundance (New Frontier, 2011/2014), Future of Storytelling, Exploratorium, MOMA, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil) and many more. 

Miwa is also a co-founder and collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.

She is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2013), Sherwood Award (2016), and Princess Grace Award. (2007, with subsequent project funding in 2009 and 2013.) 


This show is appropriate for all ages, so we have included it in our STRAND FAMILY SERIES with Pay-What-You-Can ticketing: $20, $10, $5, or $0

More info and tickets

Total run time approx. 70 min.

The Strand Family Series presents live performances designed to entertain and inspire all ages! From music to magic to puppetry, these shows are great opportunities for families to share a quality artistic experience at a cost that works for all -- Tickets are available for $20, $10, $5, or $0, so that cost is not a barrier to attend.

Shows in the 2019-20 Family Series:

Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm: Mother Kofi: The Tale of an African Princess (Alphonso Horne)

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11am: The Legend of the Banana Kid (Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers)

Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30pm: Jazzy Ash and the Leapin’ Lizards

Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm: This World Made Itself and Infinitely Yours (Miwa Matreyek)

Saturday, May 2 at 11am: Go Home Tiny Monster (The Gottabees)


More information about these shows can be found on our website

The Art House Convergence (AHC) Visiting Members program is a reciprocal membership program for art house theaters. The Strand Theatre, a longtime member of AHC, has just joined this program! Now, when you visit other participating theaters, you can enjoy their membership benefits for tickets and/ or concessions. 

Visit the Art House Convergence website to see a list of participating theaters.




About Art House Convergence:

The Art House Convergence is an association dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition. Each year their annual conference, regional seminars, and programs provide networking opportunities, educational resources, and define best practices for hundreds of theaters and festivals located throughout North America. 

The Strand Theatre has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of June!

The Reusable Bag Program, launched by Hannaford in April 2014, facilitates community support with the goal of making a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

The Strand was chosen by store leadership at the Hannaford located in Rockland. The theater will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during June.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit

Thank you Hannaford!

The Strand Theatre has installed closed captioning and visual-impairment assist technology in its auditorium to allow patrons that are deaf or hard of hearing, or are blind or have low vision, an opportunity to experience a wide array of film events presented at the Strand.

Purchase of the equipment was made possible with grant funds received from Fisher Charitable and Bangor Savings Bank Foundations.

The installation of the equipment follows an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) amendment announced by the former administration’s Department of Justice that requires movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to the programming on offer.

"This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with disabilities, to fully participate in the movie-going experience. With this proposal, the Justice Department is taking an important step to ensure consistent access for people with vision and hearing disabilities," said Attorney General Eric Holder.

Closed movie captioning is the display of the written text of movie dialogue and other sounds delivered via individual captioning screens used by patrons at their seats, instead of being displayed to the entire audience on the main screen.

Visual-impairment assist technology provides audio description, transmitted to users through infrared wireless headsets, enabling individuals who are blind or have low vision to enjoy films by providing a spoken narration of key visual elements of a film, such as actions, settings, facial expressions, costumes, and scene changes. Audio description fills in information about the visual content of a movie where there are no corresponding audio elements in the film.

According to Strand Theatre Executive Director Jessie Davis, “While the proposed ADA requirements allow for exemptions from compliance based on theater size and annual income, under which category the Strand would fall, we believe that these technologies promote equity, human dignity, and fairness and it is essential for us to offer these enhancements in order to best serve all our current and future patrons.” It is estimated there are more than 53,000 visually/hearing-impaired adults living in Maine. In addition, Maine has the oldest population in the country.  “As our audience is aligned with this statewide trend, we will only see the need for closed captioning and visual-impairment assist technology grow. It is important that the Strand be a place of inclusivity within the community, which is why this accessibility project has been a priority for our organization,” Davis said.

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