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Sadly, this building was lost to a fire this past week. An article here – http://shepherdexpress.com/blog-11654-eulogy-for-a-movie-house.html – discusses the theatre.
This was where the nudie classic “The Immoral Mr. Teas” premiered in May 1959.
if anyone has any memories of the Colonial in its adult days, please email me at
Love to hear your stories.
If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at
The 1970 Presidential report on Pornography lists a Studio Theatre at 222 E 6th as being a theatre that ran adult films. I’ll leave it to everyone else to comment why they changed the name from “Yank.”
Among the dancers at the Casino were the “beef trust beauties,” promoted as being a “chorus of ‘hefty’ girls, each weighing 300 pounds or better.”
As of the summer of 2012, the Oriental is showing most of their films via digital projector. I think The Master was one of the first they ran that way. And to answer a question from two year ago, they do a very good keeping up the Oriental. They even let you sneak up into the balcony to look around.