Colonial Theatre

128 W. Hancock Street,
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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Colonial Theatre

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I discovered the Colonial Theatre was located in Milledgeville during the early-1900’s.

In the Milledgeville, GA newspaper archives (Union Recorder Archives) there are many advertisements and references to the Colonial Theatre.

Contributed by Ray Hutto

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2009 at 11:27 am

Here is a 1930s photo of the Colonial. The building is currently used as a pool hall. The address is 128 West Hancock Street. The Colonial is listed in 1935 with 350 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

I read two different messages that claimed the current pool hall is located in the former Colonial Theater and the pool hall is located across the street from the Campus Theater. In fact, one of those messages is posted on the Campus Theater listing on CT. This is the comment:

“The Colonial Theater was across the street and has been the local pool hall for at least the past 50 years, and probably longer. If you go into the pool hall today, you will see in the tiled floor below you the word "Colonial” in the floor in darker colored tile than the normal floor. It is basically across the street from the Campus Theater and a little bit west.

former Milledgeville Resident 1979-1983; 1995-1998

posted by atlcubsfan on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:52am"

Regardless of where the Colonial was located, the photo and seat count are for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

No problem Chuck. I misunderstood. For some reason, Google maps insists on changing this address to 128 East Hancock Street. If you want to see the photo for 128 West Hancock Street, copy and paste the following into Google maps:

Dodo’s Pool Room Milledgeville, GA 31061 United States

BTW….I didn’t make up that name. LOL

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Another example of how inaccurate Google maps are. You shouldn’t have to play games with Google maps to get an address to map correctly.

rayhutto on February 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hey guys, today, Feb 8th 2010, I was at the very location of the Colonial Theatre. 128 Hancock is right. The tile still reads that name and the space where the Box Office was is easy to see on the tile too. It is accross from the Campus Theatre (recently remodeled etc).
The only error I can comment on it the seat capcity of 350. The space where the pool hall is is only about 30 ft wide and 60+ ft long. The bar tender showed us a picture enlarged from a 1912 Postcard and it showed the front and captioned Colonial Theatre Lobby-The Pride of Milledgeville. Unless walls were put in later to narrow it it was not big enough for the 350 capacity. Even the postcard showed about the same dimensions as they are today at the pool hall. The Lobby went back about 24 ft to a wall. On that wall was the Box Office. Then on both sides were doors that he said went into the Theatre and pointed out the port hole where the Movie was shown from. The projection was done at the rear of the Theatre toward the front. Evidently the screen was on the back of the Lobby wall.
Anyway thanks for all the info you'all posted.
If you want pics of the photos i made just send request to be sure the indicate Colonial Theatre pics.
Take care, Ray

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Ray, Glad I found this.I couldn’t remember for the life of me the theatre you spoke about over the phone. I saw the PICKERS on the HISTORY CHANNEL. they really didn’t find too much. I thought what they found would worth more. HEY, Don’t forget SOUTHSIDE CINEMA pictures.

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

Cool photo of The Colonial theatre/pool hall.

JFBrantley on July 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I was in Milledgeville today and saw nothing across the street from the Campus that resembles a pool hall. Of course everything across the street from the Campus is now a restaurant. Can this be the building?

AllieFox on January 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

I’m pretty sure this might have been ironed out already but (JFBrantley), yes the building in your photo is the old Colonial Theater. The entire red brick building housed the theater in its time. The pool hall (Dodo’s) is the part with the little flags. Next to the pool hall is an asian bistro which was also part of the theater lobby at one time. In between is a flight of stairs that takes you up to a now closed bar/nightclub which was probably the original balconey area of the theater.

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