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The Colonial Theatre is a jewel hidden in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Opened on September 28, 1903 with a production of “Robin Hood”, the theatre was host to many theatre greats including George M Cohan, Sara Bernhardt, John Barrymore, Eubie Blake, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Billie Burke, John Phillips Sousa and the Ziegfield Follies.
The Colonial Theatre was designed by Pittsfield architect Joseph McArthur Vance along with J.B. McElfatrick. Its ornate turn-of-the 20th century interior has been well preserved by its various owners. Many of the theatre’s performers spoke glowingly of the Colonial Theatre’s acoustics which allowed them to be heard in the further most reaches of the audience. The theatre had been designed for both legitimate theatre and serious music presentations but saw its final use as a movie house.
Although the theatre was closed in 1951, its grandeur has been protected through the years by George Miller and now his son, Steven. The care that the Miller’s took to preserve the Colonial Theatre during its conversion from a theatre to the Miller’s Supply Store makes it possible to restore the theatre back to its earlier grandeur. The Colonial Theatre Restoration have made this their goal and it has been completed in 2008.
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