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To provide an environment where you can feel comfortable expressing yourself in the arts and to provide coaching so you can be the best you can be.

The Strand is a non-profit community-focused business in downtown Dover, New Hampshire. We provide entertainment and new experiences for all generations.

The Strand can be rented for business conferences, as well as private events, such as wedding receptions and birthday parties.


The 'Strand family' is composed of and operated by friends, family members, military veterans and community members. We are excited to help showcase the arts in Dover.

Back in the day


The Strand Theater opened on Sept. 22, 1919. According to a 2009 newspaper article written by Adam D. Krauss of the Fosters Daily, the first film ever seen in the theater was Mary Pickford’s “Daddy Long Legs” silent film. The theater was similar to others being built at the time across the eastern United States, based on a theater situated on a London thoroughfare known as Strand. The Strand was the place for Vaudeville theater until 1925 when it converted over to movies only.




Since 2015, the sounds of the swing bands, acapella groups and the Strafford Wind Symphony have been brought to life by the warm acoustics of this historical theater. The Strand has played host to music video producers and independent filmmakers, hypnotists, comedians, psychic mediums, bridal shows, fashion shows, and holiday parties.

Board Members

Dan Demers - President

Eric Lewis - Secretary

Tom Doben - Treasurer

Gerry Foss - Board Member

Aaron Vezeau - Board Member

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