PARADOCS: Rockin’ for 20 Years

Paradocs Rockin for 20 YearsIs there a hole in your concert schedule that is just begging for some classic rock mixed in with some Motown, country, and a few surprises? Are you missing some doc rock in your life? This Friday, January 29th, you’re in luck. The PARADOCS, founded by Dr. Larry Clements and Dr. Joe Havlik, is comprised of healthcare professionals from the metro Atlanta area who have a passion for music. During the past sixteen years, members have come and gone but the mission of the band has stayed the same – have fun, play great music and make a positive difference.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. General Admission. The CONCERT starts at 8:00 pm. For more information or tickets, visit 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.


comedy night

Please Join Us for A REALTOR FUNDRAISER… The Cobb Association of Realtors COMEDY NIGHT Fundraiser Event- will be held July 23, 2015  6PM-9PM – The Strand Theatre, Marietta Square
A Hilarious, Entertaining, Classy Evening, with Food & Silent Auction..DONT MISS OUT ON THESE TALENTED LOCAL, NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS.
TICKETS $30pp – Door $35pp.

BUY TICKETS HERE.. Click Link below ………

For more information call: 678-522-5969 or 770-422-3900  www.

Surprise! Happy Birthday Cassandra Buckalew


Written by Earl Reece

Brian and Cassandra Buckalew, owners of the Marietta Trolley and the Marietta Tours and the Marietta Pedicabs, celebrated Cassandra’s Big 4-0, fortieth birthday with a packed fourth floor at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Saturday, August 16.

After having dinner with the cast of the Strand’s production of Steel Magnolias and the ladies from Cassandra’s DC trip for the First Ladies Luncheon, Cassandra was shocked to walk into the theatre to the screams of happy birthday from over eighty of her closest friends.

Catered by Susan Niemeyer,  some of the guests included Kim Gresh, Faye DiMassimo, Alan and Robyn Bishop, Mike and Tricia Pridemore, Earl and Terri Reece, Bill Dunaway, Jason and Claire Cyr, Terry and Theresa DeWitt, Beth Sessoms, Bob and Judy Ott, new Strand General Manager Cassi Costoulas, Carol Thompson, Dempsey and Connie Kirk, and Cassy Ferrell, and Bert Reeves.

Roasted at The Strand

On September 7, 2014 the Earl Smith Strand Theatre will be awash with sizzling sounds, the clang of pans, and possibly the scent of a culinary setback or two. Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, benefitting the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand, is a cooking competition between public figures of Marietta to decide who will go home the champ and who will go home roasted.

Guests of the event will be greeted with h’orderves prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the competition unfold live on The Strand stage.

The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef: Mayor Steve Tumlin (City of Marietta) with Shan Cooper (VP, Lockheed Martin);  Chairman Tim Lee (Chairman, Cobb Commissioners) with Elaine Armster (Special Projects Chief, GDOT); Attorney General Sam Olens (State of Georgia) with Kim Gresh (President, SA White Oil Co); and Mayor Max Bacon (City of Smyrna) with Faye DiMassimo (Director, Cobb DOT)

Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s bakery and restaurant in Marietta, Ga, will be hosting the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theatre stays intact.

“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” says Cassi Costoulas, general manager of The Strand Theatre, “this will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our ‘celebrity chefs’ create.”

Silent Auction will take place in lobby prior to the show. Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and h’orderves. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit:

Roasted at the Strand

See The Civil War, A Musical Experience

TheCivilWar_TOP1Don’t Miss the Opportunity to See The Civil War, A Musical Experience

As part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, The City of Marietta will be hosting signature events throughout the month of June.

During the “Sherman at the Gates Weekend” on June 20-22, don’t miss the opportunity to  see The Civil War, A Musical Experience premiering at the Strand Theatre on the Historic Marietta Square on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and June 21 at 8pm.

Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, The Civil War is a thrilling, gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring dramatic theatrical concert that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult test our nation has ever endured.

This epic thematic revue, puts a human face on the greatest tragedy of American history, exploring not only the experiences of the soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life and the loved ones and families they left behind, but also the hopes and fears of the slaves and citizens whose freedom was at stake.  This production is presented by the Overlook Theatre Company, a regional and touring theatrical performance troupe established in 1996

Arrive one hour before the show to experience real life descriptions of 1864 Marietta as told by descendants who still live in the City.

Stick around after the performance for the re-enactor camp on the Square all weekend long, Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospital history on Saturday, and Confederate & City Cemetery tours at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery on Sunday.

For more information please visit the Marietta Civil War website.  To purchase tickets for the Civil War, A Musical Experience, please visit the Strand Theatre website or call 770-293-0080.

Yacht Rock Schooner – Tonight at the Strand -Feb 1


What better way to treat cabin fever, but to get out of the house and enjoy a rocking good time at the Strand and the music of Yacht Rock Schooner and an evening of  Steely Dan.

After a much celebrated sold out show in June, Yacht Rock Schooner is back at The Strand this February 1st to ‘smooth’ us out of the winter funk and ‘sail’ us back into the world of Wayfarers and captain’s hats.

Treat your ear drums and hold on to your hats as they recreate Steely Dan’s most revered classic album AJA from start to finish – plus the optimal combination of music and cool with era defining tracks by Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Bee Gees, Lionel Richie, Lou Rawls and more.

As if that’s not enough, they’ll be delivering an entire set as their alter ego ‘Electric Avenue – Atlanta’s Best 80s Pop Tribute’, serving up undeniable hits by Tears For Fears, A-ha, Simple Minds, Level 42, INXS, Naked Eyes, Kenny Loggins and more.
Purchase tickets at – $15 buys a whole lot of fun!!

Silent Movie Comedy Shorts AT THE STRAND. – Sept 15

projectorDo you need some laughter in your life? It is the best medicine you know!! Then travel back in time and come to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre Sunday afternoon, September 15 at 2:30pm for a great afternoon of silent film entertainment. For the fourth year The Strand and The Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society partner to screen four (4) hilarious short silent comedies with musical accompaniment and sound effects provided on the Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Laugh to the antics of comedy greats Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and more.

Ron Carter, Strand House Organist will begin the afternoon’s entertainment at 2:30pm with an organ pops preshow and sing-a-long. Then Strand Associate Organists Larry Davis, Misha Stefanuk, Phillip Allen and Ken Double will weave their musical magic as they make these great silent classics come to life on the Strand’s BIG SCREEN!

Former WSB Radio personality John Moore will be our guest MC. After the show at 5pm anyone interested in trying out the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ is welcome to do so, ride the organ lift from the depths of the orchestra pit, tour the theatre or just meet the artists!!

Great entertainment for folks of all ages! The Earl Smith Strand is a completely renovated 1935 art deco theatre located on the square in Marietta Ga. Tickets are $10, $9 for Seniors and Military Personnel  and $7 for ATOS members! Purchase your tickets by calling the box office at 770-293-0080; on the web at or in person beginning 2hrs before the show!!

Sing Along with Mamma Mia at the Strand.

mamamiaCalling all women who love the movie Mamma Mia and the songs of Abba.  You are invited to a fundraiser at the Strand on Thursday July 11, 2013.  Bring your best singing voice, think vacation on a Greek  isle and join the fun which starts at 6:30 pm with $1.00 wine, cocktail party and a silent auction.  7:30 is the Organ Pre Show and Sing along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.  (P.S. – guys are welcome too).

The ladies from  Steel Magnolias (Cassandra Buckalew,  Holly Comer, Cassi Costoulas, Faye DiMassimo, Kim Gresh, and Dianne Weeks) will be our hosts — and if you saw their performance last January, you know this will be another evening of fun and laughter.

Bring your girlfriends, daughters and daughters-in-love!  No assigned seating of course, so no need to buy tix as a block.  Tickets are $30 a piece and benefit the Strand.  Call the Strand Box office at 770-293-0080 to purchase your tickets or go online at  The box office is open M-F from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

ABOUT THE MOVIE: (Rated PG-13) Relive the fun and celebration with the sparkling Mamma Mia! Set on the colorful Greek island of Kalokairi, the plot serves as a lively background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman soon to be married discovers that any one of three men (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth) could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep). Watch the drama ensue in this feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Lyrics will be displayed at the bottom of the screen to sing along to!

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand


Prepare to get your groove on at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre this summer, as its popular Motown show is returning July 4- July 14! This year’s show, entitled The Motown Sound is sure to have audiences’ toes tapping, fingers snapping, and feel-good nostalgia flowing.

“This will be our third year to produce a Motown show,” Executive Director Earl Reece explains. “After our first production, we knew that everyone agreed with us that Motown music is truly universal and the music of America. It started in 1957 with the talented Berry Gordy, and the music is still loved and enjoyed today.” Earl continues, “The week of July 4 is the perfect time to celebrate our country and the music that our country loves. The Motown Sound is ninety minutes of non-stop energy, excitement, and fun. It is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!”

Following the huge success of last year’s show Mo’ Motown, The Motown Sound whisks audiences back to the 1960s with the feel-good hits of the much-celebrated Motown era. Audiences are sure to enjoy the big hair, the colorful fashions, and the soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight & The Pips in this high-energy, high-excitement musical revue.

The Motown Sound will be directed by Earl Reece with Assistant Director Catherine Rhodes.

Tickets are $25 and assigned seating. The Motown Sound will run July 4 @ 7pm, July 5 & 6 @8pm, July 7 @ 3pm, July 12 & 13 @ 8pm, and July 14 @ 3pm.

The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of the Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at (770) 293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, Ga 30060. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12PM, 1 PM to 4 PM, and two hours before the show.

Paradocs in Concert – May 4th at the Strand.

Come enjoy great music on Saturday, May 4 at the Strand.  The concert starts at 8:00 pm. The PARADOCS are a group of Wellstar physicians, nurses and medical personnel who have formed a great 15 piece rock and roll band! And let me tell you they do rock and roll!!

They have great female and male vocalists who know how to put on a show!! They have done an annual concert for the Friends of the Strand  for the last five years with sold out shows. They give of their time and talents and all revenue from this show goes to the theatre. If you were able to come to the show last year you know there was literally dancing in the isles! Great music from the 50s. 60s, 70s, 80s to present day.

This show is being sponsored by the Wellstar Foundation. Bank of North Georgia, and Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home. We hope you can come. Enjoy an evening with dinner on the Marietta Square, a great musical concert and support the STRAND!

For tickets, visit,  call the  770-293-0080 or drop by Box Office: Monday- Friday, 9am-Noon and 1pm-4pm