Colonia Theatre

35 South Broad Street,
Norwich, NY 13815

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Colonia Theatre ... Norwich NY

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Opened on December 23, 1914, the Colonia Theatre is located on Broad Street off Colonial Plaza. It had a seating capacity for 800. It’s also listed as the “Colonial”. It was operated by the Schine Circuit.

The theater is still shown as being in operation as a movie house today. Any additional information on this theater would be appreciated.

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pbubny on March 2, 2007 at 8:06 am

Yes, even without benefit of being in the balcony area I could tell that the twinning job was pretty slapdash and made little or no effort to preserve the original hall’s ambience.

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Here is a b&w copy of a 1986 color painting by Davis Cone, as discussed above, from “Popcorn Palaces”:

SchineHistorian on March 24, 2007 at 1:51 am

His work is truly amazing. One day i will scrape together enough cash to actually purchase one for my very own! In the meantime, i cherish my copy of the Wilhelm/Kinerk book as well as the previous Cone book.

The Colonia is a treat, definitely worth the detour if you find yourself in the proximity, even with the sad twinning. The exterior is certainly a photo op for a any theater buff.

SchineHistorian on February 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Here are some photos of the Colonia from a recent trip through Norwich:

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SchineHistorian on October 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Hey Pat B!! I actually found that photo of Hazel Smalley!! Email me and i will scan and send you the copy! : )

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Columbus wasn’t born in “Colon” Italy. There is no such place. He was born in Genoa (Genova).

estott on September 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Mr. Deluca you are entirely correct- either I misremembered the article of it was in error. Still, Columbus is the subject- he is supposed to have adopted the surname “Colon” during his years in Spain, and to have associated himself with the ancient admiral Colonius.

My point is basically to state that it was never at any time the “Colonial” on December 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

A postcard with an earlier appearance:
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atmos on June 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Theatre opened 23 December 1914.

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