About Us

…building an audience, one seat at a time.

The Strand Theatre has been a mainstay of the Shelbyville, Indiana cityscape since 1916. With the exception of the transition period beginning in the spring of 2005 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Strand has been in continuous operation since opening in the spring of 1916. It is the only surviving “old” theatre in the city limits of Shelbyville.

The Strand Theatre of Shelbyville, Inc., owners of the theatre, are guided by the following beliefs:

  • The Strand is about Quality of Life
  • The Strand is about Community Self Esteem
  • The Strand is about Economic Development
  • The Strand is about Artistic Freedom

We believe that we live in a community of wonderfully talented people.  Too many times we fail to realize the talent that walks amongst us every day.  The Strand is a place to showcase our community for who we are and what we do.  Shelby County has a proud history. The Strand is committed to helping our citizens realize our proud heritage of the past, present and future.  We believe that through the efforts put forth on our stage, we can positively impact the quality of life for all citizens of our county.   To do this, we are committed to bringing a variety of entertainment to our theatre, while making it accessible for the novice to the professional.

The Strand believes that in order to be successful our theatre must provide two essential components without fail:

  • Audience Safety
  • Audience Comfort

Our theatre, although old, must be a place where an audience can experience any event with the confidence they are safe and comfortable.