Colony Theatre

140 48th Street,
Union City, NJ 07087

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Colony Theater

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The Colony Theatre was opened prior to 1941. This former Brandt theater later showed Spanish movies up until 1970’s when it burned to the ground.

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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 12:30 pm

Listed in the 1944 Film Daily Yearbook with 1100 seats.

atmos
atmos on October 27, 2009 at 1:16 am

The John and Drew Eberson archives at the Wolfsonian have a listing for a Colony Theatre at this location dated 1957,which would mean the architect would have been Drew Eberson.

Family
Family on June 22, 2011 at 1:14 am

The Colony theater in Union City was owned by my family Orjelick-Theaters. At its peak my grandfather owned 15 movie theatres. Many closed prior to when I was born in 1976. They were small family theaters that usually had 1-2 screens. Many of theaters included spanish films at one time. In an article I found about the Orjelick-Theatres dated June 11, 1987 it stated, “One by one, those theatres went under unable to survive the advent of the suburban multi-screen franchise cinema…By the 1980’s the Orjelick-Theatres had dwindled down to three properties to include the Art Theatre in the Bronx, the New Delancy in Manhattan and the Hoboken Twin in NJ.” The only other theater I remember that my family had owned was called the Coliseum Theater and was located in NY (52nd St & 4th Ave). Best :)

Anita
Anita on September 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hi, I’m looking for some information about the Materne Studio. I know it was in the buidling of the Colony Theatre in the 1930’s. I’m trying to find some information about a photographer named Jeanne Bertrand who worked there. Thanks…

zenon660
zenon660 on February 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

Hi my name ie marisol Zenonlived upstairs from the theater back in 1971 I was born I’m weehawken hospital and lived there till I was 8 years old I loved leaving there and was sad to move when the owner sold it a lot of Spanish movies where seen there like toño bicicleta if there are more picks please post them I have pics from there playing in the snow the good old days the apartment was big

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Here’s a 1939 trade article on the rejuvenation of the Colony Theatre: boxofficemagazine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Boxoffice is behaving badly again and Tinseltoes' link is not working (whether temporarily or permanently I don’t know.) Fortunately, the remodeling of the Colony Theatre was the subject of an article in the April 29, 1939, issue of Showmen’s Trade Journal, as well, and here is a scan of it at the ever-reliable Internet Archive. The 1939 remodeling was designed by John Eberson.

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