227 Bridge Street,
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Opened in 1903, this theater initially began as a legitimate and vaudeville house before turning to movies later.
The Colonial Theatre is famous for being featured in the 1958 sci-fi low budget classic “The Blob” starring a very young Steve McQueen. The theatre also makes a cameo appearance in 1978’s “Grease”.
The Colonial Theatre made a comeback in the 1980’s through owner Jim Breneman who was a pipe organ restorer. He installed a very elaborate Kimball organ and began hosting concerts and silent films, along with the occasional live act until his death in 1992 which brought everything to a grinding halt.
First run features failed and the theatre was scheduled for the wrecking ball, until a community group was formed and the theatre was saved. The Colonial Theatre has been restored and renovated and reopened in 1999, showing art house, independent, and classic films as well as hosting live entertainment and special events, such as the annual “Blobfest” festival, a homage to the film that the theatre was featured in.
The movie screen is a generous 27 feet wide for ‘scope films. The installation of a Wurlitzer pipe organ was completed in 2010.
In November 2011, the Colonial Theatre owners purchased the National Bank of Phoenixville building next door to the theatre at 225 Bridge Street. Planning is underway for the main floor of the adjoining building to have a 160-seat auditorium with a balcony, and 12 foot by 28 foot screen for films, and live events, a concession stand with a bar, and restrooms. The lower level will have an additional 60-seat auditorium with a 6 foot by 14 foot screen for films and live events.
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