Marleau honors Strand Theater during awards ceremony

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Tuesday spoke in recognition of the restored Strand Theater in Pontiac, where the theater received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

“This restoration project has increased the quality of life for Pontiac residents, and the theater is sure to be a destination for surrounding communities, bringing additional economic activity to the city,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This great city has struggled from the economic downturn of 2008, but this restoration is representative of Pontiac’s resurgence and economic comeback.”

The Strand was built in 1921 and was a prominent theater for most of the 20th century. The city of Pontiac acquired the building in 1986 and the failure and vacancy of the venue were symptomatic of the city’s economic struggles.

Since 2012, the Strand Theater has been renovated into a 900-seat theater, a 150-seat restaurant, and classroom and meeting space.

“As the senator representing Pontiac I was excited to learn of this project and grateful that it is receiving this well-deserved recognition,” Marleau said. “The Strand Theater is providing an entertainment and education center and is bringing more than 400 jobs to the city.

“On behalf of the residents of the city of Pontiac and the 12th Senate District, I thank you all for your hard work and vision to make this project a reality.”