Colonial Theatre

20 W. Market Street,
Wabash, IN 46992

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The Colonial Theatre was open prior to 1925. It seated 450 and was still open into the 1950’s. The site is now a parking lot.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 2, 2018 at 10:36 pm

When the Dickson Brothers bought the Eagles Theatre (which they had been operating under a lease since 1913) the December 15, 1917 issue of Motography noted the event in a brief article which said that the Dicksons also were operating the Orpheum, Family, Dreamland and Colonial Theatres in Wabash.

This PDF of rather mysterious origin, undated, and frustratingly incomplete, has information from a state survey of historic Indiana theaters, and gives the aka’s Orpheum Theatre and Logan Theatre for the house last known as the Colonial. The 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists both the Orpheum and the Logan Theatres, but not the Colonial. Given that an Orpheum and Colonial were both in operation in 1917, the most likely explanation is that a new Orpheum Theatre had been opened sometime before 1914, and the original Orpheum was then renamed the Logan, but then the house had later been renamed again, becoming the Colonial Theatre by late 1917.

The earliest mention of the Orpheum I’ve found is in the May 1, 1910 issue of The Nickelodeon, which said the house would soon open on Market Street and would be under the same ownership as the Dreamland Theatre. The May 15 issue of the same journal noted that the Orpheum had opened, and that two other movie theaters were already operating in Wabash.

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