Colony Theater & Cocktails

4506 Forest Avenue,
East St. Louis, IL 62204

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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 .


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

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.

JAlex on July 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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

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 6:55 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.