Colony Theater & Cocktails

4506 Forest Avenue,
East St. Louis, IL 62204

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Colony Theater

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Operated as an adult movie theater, the Colony 2 Theater had 3-screens and was reported as being closed around 2009.

However by January 2010, it is open, now with 4-screens as the Colony Theatre & Cocktails. One of the screens is for couples only. The cinema opens Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-12am. There is also a cocktail lounge which opens at 8pm. On Friday’s and Saturdays, the cinema operates from 10am-2am. If you pay to get in the lounge, the couples theatre and lounge are open until 3am.

Contributed by Bryan & Ken

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 1, 2005 at 1:45 pm

The best sequence of name changes that I can come up with for this theater is this, advertised as the Colony Theater in 1921. Listed in the city directory as the Waverly Theater in 1924. And listed in a neighborhood theater ad in 1940 as the Fortieth Street Theater. In 1921 and 1924, the address is given as:
1856 N 40th St
East St Louis, IL 62204

In the 1940 the address is:

4000 Waverly Ave
East St Louis, IL 62204

Maybe the theater was remodeled and the entrance was moved.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2005 at 4:30 am

Chuck….Thanks for all of your help with these E.S.L. theaters. This is the mystery that I’m trying to solve. I read an article that said; When the Majestic Theater closed in 1960, there were only two open theaters remaining in E.S.L. One was the Esquire and the other was the Colony.

Now, was this 40th St. Theater called the Colony in 1960 or was there another Colony Theater in 1960? The current porn theater called the Colony gives two addresses. One at 4500 Forest and the other at 4506 Forest. I’m sure the two addresses are the same building or maybe a typo.

I guess what I’m trying to find out is, did the 40th St. Theater change its name to the Colony Theater prior to 1960, become a triplex and end up as a porn theater today? Or, could there be another Colony Theater that needs to be added?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2005 at 2:09 pm

So, this is the missing Colony Theater. Okay, Waverly Theater then 40th St. Theater and last but not least, Colony Theater. Is there any chance that this theater opened as the Colony Theater, went through two name changes and finally reverted back to Colony Theater? The reason that I ask is, I found an E.S.L. theater listing and it shows a Colony Theater operating in 1921. If you want to see it, I’ll email it to you. For now, the settings above should be:
Colony Theater aka Waverly Theater aka 40th St. Theater
3 Screens
Address changed to 4506 Forest Ave.
Function-Adult Movies

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2005 at 2:37 pm

When you were a teenager, did movies have sound? :) Check your mail for the theater list.

JAlex on July 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Excuse me for interjecting:

I would hope the “contributors” realize we are talking about two seperate theatres here.

The original Colony (also known as the Waverly and the 40th Street) was located at the intersection of 40th & Waverly—4000 Waverly or 1854 N. 40th Street). This structure, the Colony, dated from 1958, replacing the original Waverly/40th Street which was destroyed by fire in 1945. This theatre went porno in 1974, much to the consternation of East St. Louis city officials.

In 1991, another “theatre” was opened, known as Colony 2, this at 4500 North Forest Avenue. Since porno was socially acceptable by this time, no ruckus was made by officials.

JAlex on July 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Oops…Colony 2 at 4500 Forest Avenue, not North Forest Avenue.

JAlex on July 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Oops # 2…new theatre at 40th & Waverly opened in 1948, not 1958.

JAlex on December 23, 2009 at 7:30 am

The Colony # 2 (at 4500 Forest) is closed; date of closure not known. The facility is to be auctioned by St. Clair County.

And, contrary to a book on Illinois theatres, the original Colony (at 40th & Waverly) is still standing…unused since 1992.

hbsexymama1 on May 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm

what is this theater all about?? i was told that anything goes in there while watchin porn and all that.. is this true?? first i’ve heard of this place and thought hmm i m gonna look it up online and see what it’s all about. can someone tell me what goes on there and what it is all about. just curious.. thanks

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .


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