Thursday, June 9, 2022

The Defenders free screening and discussion


A new film documenting the actions of the attorneys who took part in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement will have a free screening at Vicksburg’s Strand Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.
In the 1950s, major events in the Civil Rights Movement were taking place. But Mississippi’s only accredited law school did not accept Black students, so during that decade the state had a total of four Black lawyers—only three of whom would take on civil rights cases. The story of attorneys R. Jess Brown, Carsie Hall, and Jack H. Young is told in The Defenders: How Lawyers Protected the Movement. The film also tells the story of the hundreds of lawyers and law students from across the country who saw what was happening and came to Mississippi to take up the fight.
Brown worked for many years out of an office in Vicksburg, where in 1965 he represented a group of citizens arrested for participating in a local voting rights action. Hall and Young were based primarily in Jackson, but all three attorneys worked cases across Mississippi. Between them, they represented Mack Charles Parker, Clyde Kennard, James Meredith, the Tougaloo Nine, Freedom Summer participants from across the state, more than 300 Freedom Riders, and more than 600 people arrested while taking part in the Jackson movement.
Jackson-based media company Red Squared was commissioned by the Foundation for Mississippi History to produce the film for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
“We were fortunate to be able to conduct Interviews with people directly connected to this important story, including Reuben Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman, and Constance Slaughter-Harvey,” said Sarah Campbell, one of the film’s producers and director of programs and publications for MDAH. “We also were able to draw on the state archives’ rich holdings of archival news footage, documents, and photographs to immerse viewers in the era.”
Following the screening of the 40-minute film there will be a discussion and question-and-answer session with Campbell and Defenders director Roderick Red. The Strand Theater is located at 717 Clay Street in Vicksburg.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai at the Strand



Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

at the Strand

Saturday, June 4 at 7 PM

It's summer at the Strand - time for something cool. Jim Jarmusch combined his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller.

In one of his defining roles, Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer working for a bumbling mob outfit, a modern man who adheres steadfastly to the ideals of the Japanese warrior code even as chaos and violence spiral around him.

Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller, a sublime score by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and a host of colorful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero.

Tickets are $10 each and available at the door or at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

Don't forget: free popcorn!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stand with Ukraine - a free film screening and opportunity to contribute


Join the Strand Theatre, Criterion Pictures & Wolfman Productions


Stand With Ukraine Through Film!


Saturday, May 14 at 7 PM

Come to the Strand for a free screening of an award winning film, and help the people of Ukraine


Join Criterion Pictures and Wolfman Productions in supporting the Ukrainian people at this time of crisis, by attending our FREE screening of "The Guide". A film by Oles Sanin, a Ukrainian director. The film is about Russian oppression in the 1930s. 

All proceeds will be donated to Ukrainian Relief Efforts that are being managed by Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America, Inc.  


About The Film
American boy Peter and blind musician Ivan are thrown together by fate amidst the 1930's Russian subjugation of Ukraine. The "Terror Famine" of the 30's is incredibly current given the attempts of Russia to once again crush the independence and freedom of their Ukranian neighbor.
  • Winner of Best Actor and Cinematography - Odessa International Film Festival 2015
  • Nominated for the grand prize at the Odessa and the Warsaw International Film Festival!
 Watch the trailer

Stand with Ukraine through Film exists to raise funds to assist Ukrainians in and near Ukraine who are suffering as a result of the Russian invasion of their homeland. 
To simplify the flow of funds from ticket buyers and others, the project team created the Ukraine Relief Fund under the fiscal sponsorship of Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America, Inc. (HCROA).  HCROA was established in 1994 and has been an integral part of the US government’s Combined Federal Campaign, the leading workplace fundraising program in the country.  HCROA handles millions of dollars annually, donated by individuals and transferred to benefiting charities. It undergoes annual financial audits.
HCROA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Donations – whether from ticket sales or private gifts – will go to international humanitarian organizations.  Among those expected to receive the bulk of the donations will be World Central Kitchen and the International Organization on Migration. A number of smaller tax-exempt groups will also receive support, reflecting the recommendations of Ukrainians.


Checks can be payable to Ukraine Relief Fund, Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America, PO BOX 2052, Salem, MA 01970



Tuesday, April 5, 2022

A Devil Inside - a black comedy onstage at the Strand

 A Devil Inside

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire 

Directed by Alex Long

Live theater returns to the stage of the 
historic Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg. 
Friday, April 8
Saturday, April 9
Friday, April 15
Saturday, April 16
All performances at 7:30 PM

In A Devil Inside, David Lindsay-Abaire 
has crafted a gruesome comedy...

...a fun and frenzied homage to Russian Literature.... which a cast of tormented characters careen 

through their cursed, intertwined lives... New York City, with fire and flood, 

disintegrates around them.

Tickets are $15 each and available online

at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, and at the door.

Strand Theatre

717 Clay Street

Downtown Vicksburg

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Belfast - Oscar wiinner - Free at the Strand

 Free movie at the Strand

 Kenneth Branagh's 


Saturday, April 2 at 7 PM

It is 1969 and 9-year-old Buddy finds his peaceful life disturbed as a national conflict is starting to brew in Northern Ireland: unionists and loyalists—mostly Protestants—want the country to remain within the United Kingdom, while nationalists and republicans—mostly Catholics—are campaigning for the country to join a united Ireland. As the tension between these two opposing forces escalates, he and his family must decide whether to stay, or move somewhere safe.

Kenneth Branagh

PG-13 97 minutes

Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill

And it's free!
Celebrate our 10 years of movies at the Strand with us...
The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg
Saturday, April 2 at 7 PM

Click to watch trailer

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

One last time: the Shorts are back on with proper sound


The Oscar Nominated Shorts at the Strand have been rescheduled one last time. New downloads with proper sound have been obtained overnight.

The Animated Shorts will be at 4 PM on Sunday, March 20.

Please note: these animated shorts are not suitable for children and are to be considered R rated.

We have added a make-up showing of the Live Action Shorts at 6:15 Sunday, March 20 after the Animation.

Tickets for each program will be $10 and available at  the door. Any who bought tickets for the cancelled Live Action Saturday, March 19, will not have to pay for the make-up show.

Animation - Sun., March 20 at 4 PM

  1. Affairs of the Art
  2. Bestia
  3. Boxballet
  4. Robin Robin
  5. The Windshield Wiper


New Time:
Live Action: Sun., March 20 at 6:15 PM

  1. Ala Kachuu - Take and Run
  2. On My Mind
  3. Please Hold
  4. The Dress
  5. The Long Goodbye

Each program is $10. Tickets available at the door.
The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Animation: Sunday, March 20 at 4 PM
Live Action: Sunday, March 20 at 6:15 PM

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Spencer: Kristin Stewart as Princess Diana


Strand Theatre

Saturday, February 12 

at 7 PM

Kristen Stewart just received an Oscar nomination for Best Actrress for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer. It is 1992 and Diana finds herself lost as she tries to drive to the Sandringham Estate to celebrate the holidays with the Royal Family. The cold treatment she receives upon her arrival is only exacerbated by her knowledge of her husband's affair and her acute awareness of the cage she is trapped in. The only bright spot of the supposed holiday is spending time with her sons, William and Harry. As the princess powers through three days of madness, she realizes what her next step should be.


Pablo Larraín

Production year




Tickets $10 at the door or at Highway 61 Coffeehouse in advance.