Colony Theater

1330 State Street,
Schenectady, NY 12304

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Opened 1927-1984 Adult policy started in 1971.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 8:03 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.”

Plantweed
Plantweed on July 21, 2007 at 4:20 am

The Colony was screening adult films as late as 1976. Here are some ads:
http://plantweed.blogspot.com/search?q=colony

joemasher
joemasher on June 20, 2005 at 11:33 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.