Colonial Theatre

40 West Broad Street,
Columbus, OH 43228

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AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Dear Lost Memory, thanks for the awesome photo of the Colonial Theatre! It looked like it was really cool! Here’s the updated link in case someone wants to see it:

http://goo.gl/T1f3Q

According to the TheatreOrgans.com Searchable Online Database of original installations, the Colonial Theatre had a Wurlitzer style V theatre pipe organ, Opus 101, installed on September 23, 1916.

The style V was a piano-console instrument with two manuals and eight ranks, plus two tuned percussions (cathedral chimes, and then the piano).

It did not feature any other tuned or untuned percussions, so possibly the pianist/organist who played the instrument worked as a duo with a live drummer/sound effects man (who was quite common in theatres during this period anyway) to provide appropriate noises for the pictures. This is my theory, anyway!

Does anyone know what became of Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ Opus 101? Its fate or current status is listed as “unknown” in the database.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

The October 13, 1917, issue of The American Contractor said that the Colonial Theatre on Broad Street in Columbus was being remodeled, and that the work was about 1/3 complete. The architect for the project was Fred W. Elliot.

Mark_L
Mark_L on July 23, 2009 at 8:05 am

The current PALACE theatre is located at 40 W. Broad street, so this theater would have been approximately at that location.

It is possible that this theatre was closed in anticipation of the construction of the AIU Citadel (Now Leveque Tower) at this location. That building opened in 1927 after some delays in construction.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

A 1916 photo of the Colonial Theater can be seen here.