Friends of the Strand Theatre and Cafe Miranda will present the first ever Red Carpet Stage Dinner Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Proceeds from this one-of-a-kind dining experience will benefit the Strand’s presentation of free community programming in 2016.

While many people have attended stage and screen presentations at the Strand, this is an opportunity to experience the theater in an entirely different way; attendees will dine seated on the stage and enjoy the view of the Strand’s beautifully restored interior from a whole new perspective — the view usually reserved for performing artists.

Food and flair will be provided by Café Miranda, and wines will be provided by Cellardoor Winery. Sponsorship support from Bangor Savings Bank has made it possible for all ticket proceeds to be used for the Strand’s free-admission community programs.

In 2015, the Strand’s free programs included family-friendly school vacation week presentations, Earth Day programs, free movies for Rockland Days, a Mother’s Day variety show and the annual Christmas movie. In 2016, the Strand plans to expand their community programming beginning with the free screening of “The Children’s March” Monday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to Strand Theatre Executive Director Jessie Davis, the Strand's presentation of free community programs “really represents the heart of our mission as an organization — to be able to provide entertainment that is enlightening, educational and fun; and to open our doors wider and wider to welcome everyone in as we grow the Strand into being ‘the community's theater.’”

The will be a fun way to kick off a great year, she added, “and we are so grateful to our presenting partners, and Bangor Savings, for joining in to help us do this good work here in Midcoast Maine."

Cocktail hour will begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Strand lobby. Tickets are $150 per person, available through the Strand’s business office, 701-5053, or Seating is limited, so early ticket reservations are recommended. For more information, visit

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