Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Easy way to support the Strand

Just click this link, and even though it says Popcorn Machine Fund your donation will be supporting our events and continuing expenses, such as rent and utilities. Thanks so much for all yiour support.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The Shining at the Strand

The Shining

Strand Theatre

Saturday, October 21 at 7 PM

Join Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duval, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, and those creepy twins... at the Overlook Hotel: room 237. 
Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's novel is our choice to put us in a Halloween mood...
"Hello, Danny... Come and play with us... Come and play with us, Danny... forever... and ever... and ever..." 
"Redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... " 
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." 
"Wendy... I'm home!" 
“You got a biiiig surprise coming to you. You’re not going anywhere. Go check out the Snow Cat and the radio and you’ll see what I mean. Go check it out.” 
“Danny’s not here Mrs. Torrance. Danny has gone away.” 
Advance tickets are $9 and available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
Tickets will be $10 at the door and the popcorn will once again be free!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Shelter in Solitude coming to the Strand

Shelter in Solitude

The Strand Theatre

Saturday, October 14 at 7 PM

 A death row prisoner with 10 days to live forms an unlikely bond with a washed up country singer turned prison guard- a story of love, hope, redemption and kindness. Ten days...Two Lives...One Redemption. 
Director: Vibeke Muasya
Written and Starring: Siobhan Fallon Hogan (SNL, Men In Black, Seinfeld)
Starring: Robert Patrick (Terminator ll)
Starring: Peter Macon (Orville)
Starring: Peter Hogan Jr. (Rushed) Starring Michael Obelhouser
With: Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson)
Sinead Hogan
Robb Bank$
Fat Nick 
Advance tickets are $9 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.
Tickets are $10 at the door
And popcorn is free...

Monday, October 9, 2023

Manhattan Short winners announced


The Stupid Boy Wins Gold Medal for Best Film at the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Australian Comedy Voice Activated wins the Silver Medal and Tuulikki from Finland wins the Bronze Medal in Worldwide Audience Vote.

The Stupid Boy, written and directed by Phil Dunn (England), is the Gold Medal winner of the 26th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The Stupid Boy a dramatic tale about a broken man groomed for a terrorist attack is confronted by a local lad who sees things differently, resonated with viewers around the world. Manhattan Short medal winners are selected by voters attending the festival in theatrical venues around the world.

 “For The Stupid Boy to win - a film about the power of love and kindness in response to nationalism, racism and hatred - means so much, especially today. It is a film for peace, in a world waking up to the news of another war; where there are so many atrocities and so much pain, it dares to believe a different way - a way that loves, even when it might seem stupid to do so. And in doing so, it offers hope. The fact that thousands of people, in hundreds of venues around the world have voted for this story gives me hope. Perhaps we can each dare to believe in love again. Perhaps we can each find ways of looking for it, even in the worst situations. Thank you so much Nick and all the Manhattan team. I am so moved by this and so grateful to you and to all the people that voted.”
—Phil Dunn 

Voice Activated, written and directed by Steve Anthopoulos (Australia), won the Silver Medal. The film about a florist with a stutter who is forced to cooperate with a voice-activated car on the way to an important delivery, this light-hearted comedy is inspired by Anthopoulis‘s failed attempts at communicating with Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri.

“On behalf of the filmmakers behind Voice Activated I want to say a big thank-you to the audience for their support of the film. We’re incredibly proud of our silver medal and of Aleks’ very deserving win.

I knew that Manhattan Short was a global festival, but over the past week I’ve been overwhelmed by the commentary, reviews and posts about Voice Activated from audiences all around the world. The festival has generated a giant and passionate community. It’s honestly been a privilege to hear from them every day. Thank-you so much to the festival, the venues, and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen, including Nick and Victoria.“
—Steve Anthopoulis



The Bronze Medal winner is Tuulikki, written and directed by Teemu Nikki (Finland) a tale about a young woman, dominated by an over-protective mother. The Best Actor award goes to Aleks Mikic for his sensational performance as the stuttering florist in Voice Activated. The global audience has voted. Congratulations to all the winners!



Saturday, October 7, 2023

Manhattan Short Vicksburg Vote

 Many thanks to all who attended Manhattan Short Festival at the Strand.

The favorite film at the Strand was Voice Activated about a floral delivery driver who has trouble communicating. Its lead actor, Aleks Mikic, was voted best Actor.

Running second best film was Stupid Boy.

Third Place was a tie between Tuulikki and Family Circus.

Second Place Actor was Afsaneh Dehrouyeh of Yellow

Third Place Actor Went to Paul Bartholomew of Career Day


International results will be posted here on Monday, October 9...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023


Jason King is sponsoring Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's 2008 outrageous comedy about a group of actors making a war movie who are forced to man-up and become soldiers to survive.

The movie is a send-up of Hollywood, actors, acting, agents, directors, writers, rappers, trailers and egos, much enhanced by several cameo roles.

The ensemble cast includes:

Ben Stiller

Jack Black

Robert Downey, Jr.

NIck Nolte

Steve Coogan

Danny McBride

Matthew McConaughey

Tom Cruise

and more

“I am playing a role within a role within a role so I know who I am.” — Kirk Lazarus

“I don’t get out of my character until the DVD is done.” — Kirk Lazarus

“I was wrong! Blow the bridge! Blow the f**k**g bridge.” — Tugg Speedman

“I don’t read the script. The script reads me.” — Kirk Lazarus

'“It went badly. Lazarus got emotional. When he was crying, he started spitting, which wasn’t needed because the script didn’t call for it.” — Tugg Speedman

"Didn’t you have a sick dog when you were younger? You should think of that while you’re acting.” — Rick Peck

It's one of those movies where you ask yourself, "can they really do that?" Come see for yourself.

Advance tickets are $9 and available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

Tickets will be $10 at the door.

But the popcorn is free!

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Saturday, September 30 at 7 PM

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Lynch/Oz at the Strand



Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM

Strand Theatre


The themes, images, and cultural vernacular of Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz continue to haunt David Lynch’s art and filmography—from his very first short, The Alphabet, to his latest series, Twin Peaks: The Return. 

 Arguably, no filmmaker has so consistently drawn inspiration—consciously or unconsciously—from a single work. Is David Lynch trapped in the land of Oz? If so, can we derive a new appreciation for Lynch’s body of work from taking a closer look at how it intersects and communicates with The Wizard of Oz? In turn, do Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, or The Elephant Man have something to say about the enduring resonance of one of America’s most beloved classic movies? 

Through six distinct perspectives and narrated by some of contemporary cinema’s most exciting voices, LYNCH/OZ will take us down the proverbial rabbit hole, help us re-experience and re-interpret The Wizard of Oz by way of David Lynch, to deliver a whole new appreciation for Lynch’s symbolism through the lens of his greatest influence.

 Tickets are $9 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $10 at the door.

And there's free popcorn. There's no place like home...




Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Eric Clapton Across 24 Nights at the Strand



Saturday, August 5 at 7 PM

In 1990 and 1991, Eric Clapton played a record-breaking 24 nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These unique shows, featuring blues, rock & orchestral sets, are some of the most ambitious live concerts of Clapton’s career – and will now be available to enjoy for the first time on big screens globally.

Over 30 years after these incredible shows, fans will now have the opportunity to relive, or experience for the first time, the excitement and musical breadth of the now legendary Royal Albert Hall concerts. Edited from the original footage and remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, Across 24 Nights captures Clapton’s definitive performances and highlights from both years, bringing fans together to celebrate the ultimate musical event cinema experience.

This is Eric Clapton at his most exhilarating. Featuring 17 hits, including ‘Wonderful Tonight’, ‘Layla’, ‘White Room’ and ‘Cocaine’, alongside rare gems such as a performance of ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ with Phil Collins, Clapton is joined by top musicians & special guests including Buddy Guy Albert Collins. Clapton’s nine-piece band are joined by the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by legendary composer Michael Kamen.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and $12 at the door.

And there's free popcorn.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Cinema Paradiso at the Strand Theatre Sat. July 29


 Cinema Paradiso

Saturday, July 29

7 PM

Strand Theatre

If you love movies...Cinema Paradiso

Which is more important: what's on the screen or what's happening in every corner of the theater? Either way, for some it's paradise.
A prominent movie director returns to his Sicilian home village for the first time in many years to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, who served as the filmmaker's mentor when he was a young boy.
Los Angeles TimesMichael Wilmington: "It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us..."
With an ending to touch any lover of films.
Advance Tickets $9 available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, $10 at the door.
And proof that there really is a Cinema Paradiso: FREE POPCORN!

Friday, June 23, 2023


Saturday, June 24 at 7 PM
Set in 1899, this musical drama features Ewan McGregor as a young poet who defies his father by moving to "the absinthe-soaked, amoral, bohemian" neighbourhood of Montmatre. It is here that he meets the diminutive artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) and is drafted to write a nightclub spectacular. In this seedy world of sex and drugs, he begins a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with the most famous courtesan (Nicole Kidman) in Paris.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Caroline O'Connor
Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Twilight Saga Movie weekend at the Strand


Relive the entire Twilight Saga in one weekend at the Strand. 


And enjoy: dressing as your favorite character...trivia... raffles... music videos...themed beverages... or just sit and watch the movies

Don't forget: free popcorn!

What a world!

Tickets are $10 for each movie, but the best deal is the Weekend Pass for $35 that gets you into all the movies with free popcorn. Only a limited number of passes are available. Passes and tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, at the door and online. (Online sales include a service charge)

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Twilight: Friday, June 16 at 7 PM

The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Friday, June 16 at 9:45 PM

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Saturday, June 17 at 7 PM

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1: Saturday, June 17 at 9:45 PM

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2: Sunday, June 18 at 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Live onstage at the Strand: The Vagina Monologues - a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone

Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it."

See a local cast present this challenging and controversial show.


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


Also available online (service charge added)


Friday, June 2 at  7:30 PM

Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 PM

Friday, June 9 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 PM


Monday, May 15, 2023

Diva - stylish French thriller


Saturday, May 27 at 7 PM

An opera singer, drug smuggling, corrupt police, a wild chase scene, two scandalous tapes, colorful characters, wild sets: Diva has it all.
Diva single-handedly launched the CinĂ©ma du look, an explosion of visually stunning, punk-inspired, super-cool French movies in the early ‘80s.
It was so ahead of its time, only 100,000 people had seen it at the end of its first year, but as word got around, it became a a smash art house film.

“Every shot seems designed to delight the audience. If Diva is about anything, it is about the joy of making movies.” — Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
“A visual extravaganza. One of the most persistently entertaining, absorbing and scary thrillers I’ve seen in a long time...Diva’s chase scene deserves ranking with the all-time classics, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The French Connection, and Bullitt.”— Roger Ebert
“You have only to watch 10 minutes of Diva and you know you are in the hands of a man born to make movies. Sensual, funny, outlandish, this is a movie devoted to strictly to the pleasure principle."— David Ansen, Newsweek
“A piece of divine madness, full of comedy romance, opera and murder. Diva is a thriller with a new way of looking at the world — through a glass, brightly.”— Michael Sragow, Rolling Stone
“Diva is not only the most purely pleasurable movie to open here this year, but surely one of the finest films to arrive from France in a decade.”— J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
“A razzle-dazzle sendup of thrillers...high-spirited and outrageous.” — Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“Funny, exciting, moving, mysterious and beautiful to look at...I love Diva.”— David Overby, Film Comment
“An extraordinary thriller. Complex, stylish and fast-moving, Diva is a superior piece of entertainment.”— Variety
“The most impressive debut from a French director since Godard’s Breathless.”— Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail
Tickets are $10 and available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and the door.

DIVA - Trailer from Rialto Pictures on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Women Talking coming to the Strand


Actress Sarah Polley directs this adaptation of the novel by Miriam Toews. In a cloistered religious community women have been abused systematically, and the time has come to decide what to do about it. If anything.

A great cast...

Oscar winner for best adapted screenplay.

Tickets $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and at the door...

Don't forget: free popcorn! What a world!

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Downtown Vicksburg

Saturday, April 8

at 7 PM

Monday, March 13, 2023

Everything Everywhere all at Once

Everywhere including the Strand. Saturday, April 1 at 7 PM. 

Winner of lots of Oscars: Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Picture, and Directors...

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Avenue Q returns!!!

Performances at 

the Strand Theatre: 717 Clay Street:


Friday, March 17 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 18 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 19 - 4 PM

Friday, March 24 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 25 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 26 - 4 PM



It's rare that the Westside Theatre Foundation does the same show twice, but they are presenting an encore run of Avenue Q, which was last at the Strand in 2017. "It was a popular and successful show back then, and many have encouraged us to bring it back," according to Jack Burns, director of the show (then and now). "But I think the most influential opinions were of the puppets themselves. And Paul Salgado, who is producing the show." Avenue Q is a musical comedy which looks a lot like an episode of Sesame Street. It takes place on a city block and features young people who need life lessons, which are supplied by a group of singing puppets. But Avenue Q has definitely not been authorized or approved by Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content. The characters who need advice are twenty somethings, and the the lessons they learn are about becoming adults. "So, I'd call it R rated: not for kids, in other words."

The show involves a dozen or more puppets which all had to be hand made by Burns and a number of volunteers he refers to as the Acme Puppet Factory. "We could have rented puppets, but where's the fun in that? First we had to make them, then we had to figure out how to effectively operate them while singing, talking, and acting. Stacey Schrader was our puppeteering coach first time around. So, after the show was over, we put all the puppets in the balcony where they've been watching whatever we do for the last six years. They wanted back on the stage. I could see it in their eyes."

In addition to all the puppets, Tessa Scandizzo returns as Kate Monster, along with Cameron Gates as Trekkie Monster, and Brian T. Sessums as Rod. New cast members had to be found for several roles including Crorey Lawton as Princeton; Nia R. Hurst as Gary Coleman; Izvistia Robertson as Christmas Eve; Hunter Weeks as Brian; Mark Jourdan as Nicky; and Ashley Schutt as Lucy.

Advance tickets are available for $20 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, and online: (click here.) Online tickets will have a service charge added.
They will be $25 at the door.

Princeton and Lucy (a puppet of questionable morals)

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Strand Theatre - Best Performing Arts Venue? It could be...

The Strand has been nominated as Best Performing Arts Venue in Mississippi Magazine's 2023 Best of the Best List.

Okay, it's not the grandest, or most prestigious. It's undeniably funky. But we are justifiably proud of the fun, educational, sobering, mystifying and even entertaining things we bring to Vicksburg: Films you may have heard about (or not), local and regional musicians, outrageous and/or amazing community theater... And we're always gratified when people travel from the surrounding counties and parishes to see something here they couldn't otherwise find.

So, here's your chance to help spread the word about our little operation. Imagine the confusion if we were to end up on top of the list!

Don't forget: seeing a film at the Strand gets you free popcorn! What a world!

Vote now