Our Vision

​To provide an environment where everyone can feel comfortable expressing themselves in the Arts and to provide training so everyone can be the best they can be.



The Strand is a non-profit, community-focused performing arts center located in downtown Dover, N.H. 

​ We continue to bring entertainment experiences to our surrounding communities through live music performances, live theater, comedy acts and more.

​The theater can also be rented for public and private events, including business conferences, birthday parties, wedding receptions and more. Just ask.

A brief history of “The Strand”

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

Motivational speakers, fund raisers, conventions, wedding couples or film makers will find this venue to be unique and the staff of the Strand Ballroom will work to accommodate their needs.


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