Colonial Theatre

912 Peach Street,
Erie, PA 16501

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This theatre was one of several on Peach Street in Erie. It was operating from at least 1941 through to 1950 and was undoubtedly a casualty of television.

It was demolished in 1958.

Contributed by Ronald Stier

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dwhinnie
dwhinnie on July 11, 2005 at 8:47 am

MY Dad was a manager at the Colonial and went to WSEE TV when the theater closed. My mom was an usherette and that is how they met. I have a fer pictures of the Colonial if you are interested.
dwhinnie

72988bmr
72988bmr on February 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Dear dwhinnie,
My father gave me a beautiful, if somewhat worn, tapestry he said used to hang in the lobby of the Colonial. It is almost as large as a standard room door. If you have any pictures depicting tapestries of women I would be interested in seeing them. Any pictures that may contain all or part of the tapestries would be great in helping me date the item.

thank you.
brossman

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

This item states that the Colonial was converted from a church in 1909:
http://tinyurl.com/djfypj

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

It’s not a church now. It was converted to a theater from a church building in 1909.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Current function is unknown.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Right. I didn’t ask for it to be changed. I pointed out that the theater building was originally a church and was converted to a theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

This is from Boxoffice in June 1958:

ERIE, PA.-The Colonial Theatre, one of four major theatres here, built early in the century for a vaudeville house, closed its doors for the last time Sunday night, June 1. A leading motion picture theatre for many years, the Colonial had been operated by Shea’s circuit since September 1953. Closing of the theater was attributed to a loss of its lease and the decline of business “which doesn’t justify continued operation in the summer.”

Before Shea’s, the theatre was managed for many years by Vic Weschler, owner of the property. The Shea organization continues operation of its A-house here, Shea’s Theatre. Weschler is working out conversion plans for the building.

72988bmr
72988bmr on March 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Ken MC or Anyone…
My father gave me a beautiful, if somewhat worn, tapestry he said used to hang in the lobby of the Colonial. It is almost as large as a standard room door. If you have any pictures depicting tapestries of women I would be interested in seeing them. Any pictures that may contain all or part of the tapestries would be great in helping me date the item.

Thank you

Charlie_Brown1
Charlie_Brown1 on August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

When I first went to this theater in the late 1940’s it was the only downtown theater without a snack bar. This was corrected in the early 1950’s. This theater showed double features tons of Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, news and cartunes. A real family place and I miss it so.

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