Colony Theatre

35th Street and Long Beach Boulevard,
Brant Beach, NJ

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teecee
teecee on March 11, 2006 at 6:26 am

Originally built in the late 1920s by a real estate development company seeking to develop Brant Beach. The real estate market didn’t pick up quickly enough for the investors, who sold the theatre to Harry Colmer. This was the second of three theatres in his chain.

Source – Eighteen Miles of History on Long Beach Island by John Bailey Lloyd, pages 160-162.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 5:25 am

Listed in the 1970 FDY as part of Frank Theatres, Inc.

teecee
teecee on October 29, 2005 at 5:52 am

From Arcadia Publishing’s “Long Beach Island”, page 127: This theater was built in the 1920’s by Harry Colmar, who also built the nearby Colonial Theater in Beach Haven.

cinemaguy
cinemaguy on June 29, 2005 at 7:16 pm

I was surprised to read that this theatre was demolished, the last time I was actually on the island was during the summer of 2002, and this theatre just reopened for the summer. I know that the Beach Theatre by the Acme just reopened with an added 5th screen and has stadium seating. Is the other theatre, the Colonial 4 still open or is that closed for good too? This is the one down the strip close to Holgate.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 16, 2005 at 7:08 am

I saw “Jaws” at the Colony in July 1975, when it was still a single-screen theater. The audience was deadly quiet through most of the picture – from fear, I have no doubt. I think the theater being a couple of blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean had a lot to do with that. Here is a picture I took back then:

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teecee
teecee on June 16, 2005 at 6:20 am

Listed in the 1951 FDY with 600 seats.