Coligny Theater

1 N. Forest Beach Drive,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Opened in 1972 as the Island Theater. The name was changed to the Coligny Theater in 2002.

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 11, 2007 at 3:37 am

This neat little theatre has been opened and closed rather frequently during the past few years. Hopefully it has found a niche with enough of the permanent residences of the island to sustain it.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 1, 2008 at 6:17 am

ANY INFO ON THE OWNERS??

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Is this theater for sale?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Why do you ask that?

History from theater’s website:
Coligny Theatre, originally named The Island Theater, first opened its doors in 1972, and was Hilton Head Island’s only theater for many years.
With the advent and explosive growth in popularity of the VCR and cable TV, movie theaters all across the country fell on hard times, and thousands were forced to close their doors. Single-screen theaters like this one were usually among the first to go. The operators of The Island Theater held on as long as possible, but declining revenue took its toll. The theater and its equipment had deteriorated badly, and the theatre ended a 25-year run, finally closing its doors in late 1997.

In 2001, the owners of Coligny Plaza decided that the plaza needed a movie theater, and that if no one else wanted to operate one, they would. The theater was renovated, renamed Coligny Theatre, and opened for business on March 1, 2002 as an “art house,” mostly showing films by independent producers, and aimed at an upscale adult audience. The art work both inside and outside the theater, some of which is also on these pages, was done by local artist Ralph Sutton.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I ask because i thought i read that somewere and cant remember were.

I would like to lease /buy the theater and was looking for that story for a name.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Also from the theater’s website:
The following is a complete list of every movie Coligny Theatre has played since its opening:

2002

Waking Life

THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS

LANTANA

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE

Scotland, PA

The Endurance

DIAMOND MEN

NO MAN’S LAND

LAST ORDERS

TORTILLA SOUP

LANTANA

Kissing Jessica Stein

Enigma

Oscar Shorts

Festival in Cannes

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Triumph of Love

ICE AGE

Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Human Nature

CRUSH

Rain

Cherish

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

THE INDEPENDENT

DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS

13 Conversations About One Thing

SUNSHINE STATE

ATANAJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER)

CINEMA PARADISO

The Importance of Being Earnest

TADPOLE

Harvard Man

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Me Without You

The Chateau

Who Is Cletis Tout?

IGBY GOES DOWN (2 weeks)

The Man From Elysian Fields

NEVER AGAIN

Bloody Sunday

SPIRITED AWAY (2 weeks)

2003

Far From Heaven (2 weeks)

Heaven

SKINS

Roger Dodger

Metropolis

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Moonlight Mile

TULLY

EVELYN

Morvern Callar

Nicholas Nickleby

Love Liza

Frida

All The Real Girls

Spider

ADAPTATION

CINEMA PARADISO

The Safety of Objects

Talk To Her

Laurel Canyon

THE QUIET AMERICAN

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2 weeks)

Raising Victor Vargas

The Shape of Things

NOWHERE IN AFRICA

Owning Mahowny

Lawless Heart

WHALE RIDER (2 weeks)

Capturing The Friedmans

Creature From The Black Lagoon

WINGED MIGRATION (2 weeks)

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Northfork

AND NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Camp

SWIMMING POOL

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

American Splendor

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS

Buffalo Soldiers

Once upon A Time In The Midlands

Casa de los Babys

Rivers and Tides

My Life Without Me

LUTHER (2 weeks)

THE STATION AGENT (2 weeks)

2004

Sylvia

THE HUMAN STAIN

THE COOLER (2 weeks)

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (2 weeks)

Bubba Ho-Tep

The Fog Of War

The Barbarian Invasions

The Company

TOUCHING THE VOID

The Triplets of Belleville

PIECES OF APRIL

21 Grams

THE TRACKER

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

OSAMA

Intermission

SPARTAN

Japanese Story

Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself

DOGVILLE

Ned Kelly

Close Your Eyes

Made Up!

Two Men Went To War

Super Size Me

Saved!

Young Adam

BEFORE SUNSET

DE-LOVELY

The Door In The Floor

A Home At The End Of The World

Maria Full Of Grace

The Clearing

What The “Bleep” Do We Know?

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

DANNY DECKCHAIR

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

MEAN CREEK

BEING JULIA

Red Lights

Primer

Bright Young Things

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

2005

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (SECOND WEEK)

KINSEY (TWO WEEKS)

ENDURING LOVE

BEYOND THE SEA (THREE WEEKS)

THERESE

VERA DRAKE

THE SEA INSIDE

HOTEL RWANDA

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (TWO WEEKS)

IMAGINARY HEROES

SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES

THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON

BORN INTO BROTHELS

HOUSE OF D

OFF THE MAP

WINTER SOLSTICE

NOBODY KNOWS

DEAR FRANKIE

LAYER CAKE

BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE

WATERMARKS

ENRON – THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM

THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL

DOWNFALL

MAD HOT BALLROOM

MARCH OF THE PENQUINS (SIX WEEKS)

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE

HAPPY ENDINGS

LADIES IN LAVENDAR (TWO WEEKS)

JUNEBUG

HEIGHTS

GRIZZLY MAN

PROOF

THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS

NOVEMBER

CAPOTE

THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO

THE MEMORY OF A KILLER

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

2006

THE DYING GAUL

THE PASSENGER

NINE LIVES

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

THE WHITE COUNTESS

THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

The World’s Fastest Indian

MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT

TRISTAM SHANDY – A COCK AND BULL STORY

THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIDADES ESTRADA

THE FALLEN

TSOTSI

DUMA

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

NEIL YOUNG – HEART OF GOLD

THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE

THE PROMISE

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (AL GORE)

KINKY BOOTS

LOST CITY

A SCANNER DARKLY

WATER

WORDPLAY

KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS

PEACEFUL WARRIOR

BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP

BOYNTON BEACH BEREAVEMENT CLUB

INFAMOUS

KEEPING MUM

THE QUEEN

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS

SHUT UP & SING

COPYING BEETHOVEN

2007

DRIVING LESSONS

SWEET LAND

THE PAINTED VEIL

PANS LABYRNTH

LITTLE CHILDREN

MISS POTTER

FACTORY GIRL

BREAKING AND ENTERING

BLACK BOOK

LA VIE EN ROSE

PARIS JE T'AIME

BECOMING JANE

GOLDEN DOOR

THE 11TH HOUR

MY BEST FRIEND

DEATH AT A FUNERAL

2 DAYS IN PARIS

NO END IN SIGHT

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON

SHARKWATER

MOLIERE

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

LUST CAUTION

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD

GMNash
GMNash on March 29, 2011 at 4:50 am

I used to go to this theatre when visiting my aunt and uncle on the island. I remember seeing ‘The Hindenburg’ there. I’m glad to see that it was saved.

Bryn
Bryn on October 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I used to manage this theater, albeit very briefly in the nineties, if I’m not mistaken. Back when it was owned by Wade Harn, along with Main Street Cinemas, a three-screen theater on the North End of HHI, which I managed much, much longer than that. It was old and run-down even then. (I sure hope they’ve fixed it up some since then!) It was an Island institution back in those days, the largest screen on the Island, and it held the most seats as well. We played “Jurassic Park” there to a full house, night after night after night. My earliest memory of the theater, though, was back in the late 70’s. My brother and I saw “Grizzly” there one night, and were scared to death walking home on the bike paths, because there were no street lights on HHI. Dark as heck, if you know what I mean. We knew there weren’t any bears on HHI, but there sure as heck were gators! Bryan Orr.

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