Delaware News

Strand's restoration gets boosts

The Jim Gill family, owners of Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC in Delaware, has given a "significant new family gift" to Delaware's historic Strand Theatre, according to a news release.

In addition, the city of Delaware has awarded the theater a $75,000 grant, to be used to continue the refurbishment of the exterior of the building. Work will include renovating the building's four glass storefronts and adding a poster display. The projects are expected to be completed before the end of the year.

The 501c (3) nonprofit Strand Theatre and Cultural Arts Association, which operates the movie house, launched the fundraising campaign "A Century of Cinema" in April. The goal is to complete the renovation before April 2016, the 100th anniversary of the theater's opening.

The Delaware County Bank gave $125,000 in January to help install new seating, flooring, wall coverings and lighting in the Strand's side theater. OhioHealth also has made what the news release calls "a generous commitment."

The movie house was converted to digital projection in 2012. New restrooms have been built, lobby improvements have been made, the screen has been replaced and the marquee has been restored.

To make a contribution, visit or contact campaign co-chairs Sue Bennington or Jack Hilborn. Bennington's number is 740-369-6243; Hilborn's number is 740-369-9641.