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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 theater was host to many theater greats including George M Cohan, Sara Bernhardt, John Barrymore, Eubie Blake, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Billie Burke, John Phillips Sousa and the Ziegfield Follies.
The theater 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 theater’s performers spoke glowingly of the Colonial’s acoustics which allowed them to be heard in the further most reaches of the audience. The theater had been designed for both legitimate theater and serious music presentations but saw its final use as a movie house.
Although the theater 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 during its conversion from a theater to the Miller’s Supply Store makes it possible to restore the theater 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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