Colonial Theater

139 Water Street,
Augusta, ME 04330

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Colonial Theater

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The Colonial Theater opened in 1913 and was designed by architect Harry S. Coombs, who was known for designing many local libraries. The Colonial Theater was damaged by fire in 1926, and the auditorium had to be rebuilt. In the 1940’s, it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Ford. It had closed by 1970, when it was in use as a storage facility for many years.

By 2010, local citizens were forming a group to regenerate the theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 17, 2008 at 7:22 am

In the 1942-43 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac, the Colonial in Augusta is listed as part of Maine & New Hampshire Theatres Company of Tremont Street, Boston.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Ron and Bryan the Colonial is listed with the same theatre chain in 1956 Motion picture Almanac.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Colonial' it’s Card # 333. Address is Water St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it’s over 15 years old and shows MGM films. There were 882 orchestra seats and 358 in the balcony, total 1,240. Competing theater was the Capitol.(No report was filled out for the Capitol). 1940 population was 19,300.

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