I have called Waynesville, North Carolina home since I was born. It’s a small town, located about thirty minutes away from Asheville, North Carolina. I enjoy its small town charm and can remember spending many of my summer days walking to Main Street and browsing through the shops. Some of the shops had been there for many decades, giving me a peak at what life was like for the older generation. I think that’s why there were so many people loyal to the area. They enjoyed the familiar, but with the passing of time, it was only an inevitability for the shop keepers to keep up with the modern day world, or so I thought.

I moved away shortly after I graduated high school and have recently returned to the area. I expected to see the kind of changes I saw all over the larger cities I have lived in over the past ten years. I was pleasantly surprised to find that downtown Waynesville had not only stayed true to its small town, old fashioned means of operation, but had embraced it in the best possible way. The owners and people of the city had worked hard to preserve and enhance the cherished time period pieces and even revitalized something I considered an eye sore when I was younger. The Strand at 38 Main had been closed down and long abandoned. Once a place where people would gather for theatre productions and movies, it was officially abandoned in 1993 after being used by the Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre as a place to practice starting in 1985.

Photo courtesy of The Strand

Photo courtesy of The Strand

The Strand was constructed in 1945 and could seat 412 people. It was left behind as a reminder of a time when locally owned farmers and shop keepers knew everyone by name, offered hand-crafted items local to the area, and went out of their way to make their customers happy. The revitalization of The Strand serves as a beacon of bringing back those times again despite the ever growing modern world. Owners Rodney and Lorraine Conard worked to bring it back to life and have been successful where others before them had failed. The Strand at 38 Main is now open and showcases new releases as well as independent films, classic films, and live music. They offer locally made artisan soda made by the Waynesville Soda Jerks and locally made ice cream crafted by The Hop. In addition to helping revive the local economy with ice cream and soda, they also offer coffee house drinks and craft beer.

Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 9pm, Friday from 3pm to midnight, Saturday from 10:30am to midnight, and Sunday from noon until 9pm.

The Strand Theatre

38 N Main St

Waynesville, NC 28786

The Strand Theatre

38 N Main St

Waynesville, NC 28786