Some things get better with age: wine, cheese and the Historic Marietta Square’s Earl Smith Strand Theater. Next month, the former movie palace turned performing arts venue will commemorate its 80th birthday. To celebrate in style, The Strand is rolling out four shows sure to please.
Here’s a rundown of the three-day celebration:
Symphony on the Square
September 24 | Marietta’s own local orchestra kicks off the weekend of birthday fun with a live concert on The Earl Smith Strand Theatre stage. The music from Les Miserables, Westside Story, Titanic, and other recognizable favorites will tickle your ears and soothe your soul.
Tickets are assigned seating and $20 or $25 for limited VIP tickets. VIP tickets include a meet and greet dessert reception with the orchestra members after the performance.
Patron’s Choice Movie
September 25 @ 8 p.m. | Relive the days when Marietta locals packed the house, dressed to the nines, to watch Hollywood’s original stars strut their stuff on the silver screen. To celebrate The Strand’s birthday, one classic film–voter’s choice!–will be shown on the big screen at 8 p.m. Movie options are: Casablanca, The Princess Bride, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and North by Northwest. Voting will be available on the Earl Smith Strand Facebook page through August 31.
Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors, students, and military.
Silent Comedy Shorts
September 26 @ 2 p.m. | This Saturday is double the festivities, double the fun at The Strand. Starting off the fun is a matinee collection of knee-slapping silent film comedies featuring the very best of vaudevillian actors including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd accompanied by The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $9 for seniors, students and military.
Classic Vegas Casino Night
September 26 @ 8 p.m. | Later that night, capping off the birthday festivities, The Strand will be transformed into a classic Vegas-styled casino. Expect an evening filled with casino games, drinks, fantastic food and live shows. The Rat Pack Now will have shows running throughout the evening, so go at your own pace and choose when you want to party, when you want to be entertained and when you want to flirt with lady luck!
Tickets are $75 and include the live Rat Pack tribute show, a night full of games, a raffle ticket, dinner and a drink.
Credit: Casino photo by Mia McCorkle
Note: All proceeds from this event go to support to operational programming of The Strand.
For more information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.
Box Office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-1PM on Saturdays. The Box Office opens two hours before showtime.