About Us

The historic Strand Theater was constructed in 1927 on the former site of the fire department’s horse corral. Located in the center of Paw Paw, MI, the theater originally showed live performances by travelling acts before purchasing the equipment to feature motion pictures in 1930.

In more than 80 years of service to the community, The Strand has weathered economic downturns, disruptions in motion picture technology, and even the challenges posed by the occasional scarlet fever epidemic. For those interested in these historic events, some of the original documents from these eras are on display in the lobby.

The Theater upgraded to high quality, Christie projection and Dolby sound processing equipment in 2013.  Through the dedication of our talented staff, and strict adherence to the scientific method, we have created a process to produce unfathomably delicious popcorn; a level of culinary performance we refer to as “the best popcorn ever.”

About the owners:
Eric and Jessica Cook purchased the Strand Theatre in August 2023 from Casey and Amy Sons, who purchased it in late 2010 from Brian Nugteren. Eric and Jessica have two young children, Franklin and Ruby and also own and operate Ruby’s Sandwich & Ice Cream Shoppe and 120 Taphouse & Bistro across the street from the Strand.  Eric’s Uncle Mike Cook is also a co-owner and manages inventory, staff and handles special events, birthday parties and theatre rentals along with our general manager Erica Haselberger who’s been with the theatre since 2010.

Thanks for your interest in our theater. Please stop in to say hello and let us know how we could better serve the community.

Enjoy the show!

For questions or to book private events, email Mike at [email protected] or message us on Facebook.