The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., has been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel website. The prestigious award places the Strand in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on and is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. provides travelers with 100 million candid reviews, opinions and photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more, all by fellow travelers. Many Strand patrons visit the travel site after attending concerts, films and events and post five-star ratings and 100 percent positive reviews. Recent comments include “Lovely Little Gem”; “The Cultural Jewel and Anchor of Midcoast Maine”; and “This is the theater everyone wants in his community.”

"We're grateful to the many Strand fans who support our programming," said Strand Theatre Executive Director Sarah Ruddy. “By posting your reviews on Trip Advisor, you're also sharing your seal of approval and encouraging others to visit our beautiful region."

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or