Colonial Theatre

51 Broadway Street,
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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COLONIAL: Theatre; Saranac lake, New York.

The Colonial Theatre opened on April 10, 1912, and was for a few years the only theater in Saranac Lake. The house, owned by J.H. Farrington, presented movies, vaudeville, and the occasional road show of a stage production. The theater and its balcony occupied the two lower floors of a three story building, with the top floor leased to the Odd Fellows Lodge.

With the opening of the larger Pontiac Theatre in 1917, the Colonial’s popularity began to decline. The theater was closed by the late-1920’s, and its space was converted into a grocery store. The lodge hall upstairs was divided into apartments. The building survived until 1974, when it was demolished to make way for a bank.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2011 at 3:29 am

A bit of the Colonial Theatre’s history can be found on this web page, along with a photo and an early theater program (click on them to enlarge.)

Information about the building’s later history is featured on this web page about the business that took over the space after the theater closed. It has a couple more photos.

A small interior photo of the auditorium can be seen in Moving Picture World, July 12, 1913.

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