Colony Theater

1330 State Street,
Schenectady, NY 12304

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Colony Theater, 1988 (2)

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The Colony Theater was located on State Street near Elder Street and opened in 1927. The Colony Theater, which last operated as an adult theatre known as the Colony Art Theatre from 1971, and closed in the mid-1980’s.

Today, the former auditorium of the Colony Theater is used as an auto repair shop. Around 1990, after an arson fire, the former lobby area, including storefronts and apartments, was destroyed and was razed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Joe Masher

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joemasher on June 20, 2005 at 3:33 pm

The Colony was in the process of restoration after it closed in 1985 or 1986 as an ‘adult’ theatre. The place was about to re-open showing classic films, when an arsonist torched the lobby building, which contained 2 storefronts and several apartments. That was around 1990. The lobby building was demolished—the auditorium was spared fire damage due to fire doors and the ‘iron curtain’ booth windows. It was converted into an auto body and repair shop afterward, which it remains.

Plantweed on July 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm

The Colony was screening adult films as late as 1976. Here are some ads:

kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Here is a July 1968 item in the Troy Record:

Charles McBee, 48, and his wife, Mary, 48, of Latham, who operate the Colony Theater in Schenectady, pleaded innocent in Police Court in that city Wednesday to charges of disseminating indecent material to minors. Their cases were adjourned to July 31 and the couple, represented by Atty. Kenneth Hay of Utica, were freed in $200 bail each.

They are charged with allowing two girls, ages 12 and 13, to enter the theater and view a film in connection with which, in its advertisements, the theater had stated that “no one under 18 years will be admitted.”

rivest266 on September 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Opened 1927-1984 Adult policy started in 1971.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Here is a photo of the Colony’s entrance building after it was damaged by the fire that led to its demolition.

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