Colonial Theatre

201-209 Bleeker Street,
Utica, NY 13502

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

The April 3, 1920, issue of The American Contractor had this item about alterations being made to the Colonial Theatre:

“Theater (colonial, alt. & ext.): $150.000. 203 Bleeker St., Utica, N. Y. Archt. E. C. Horn & Son, 1476 Broadway, N. Y. C. Owner Wilmer & Vincent Theater Co., Walter W. Vincent, pres., 1415 Broadway, N. Y. C. Archt. will take bids on gen. contr. Finishing plans.”E. C. Horn & Sons did quite a bit of work for the Wilmer & Vincent circuit during this period.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

The Shubert Theatre is listed at 201-209 Bleeker Street in the 1910 Utica city directory. Norman O. Keim’s Our Movie Houses gives the aka Buckley Theatre for this house in 1914, and lists it as the Colonial from 1917 to 1945. The name Buckley must have been temporary, as I’ve found the Shubert mentioned in 1916, and in 1915, when the August 7 issue of The Moving Picture World said that an organ was being installed in the house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

An ad in the January 2, 1943, issue of The Billboard lists the Colonial Theatre in Utica as part of the I. Hirst circuit, a chain of 15 burlesque houses. I’ve found a reference to the house operating as the Colonial Theatre as early as 1927, but as the Shubert Theatre it was showing movies at least as early as 1916. I also found an undated reference to the Shubert Theatre being operated for a time by the Wilmer & Vincent vaudeville circuit. Both the Shubert brothers and Wilmer & Vincent began their careers as theater operators in Utica.