Colonial Theatre

E. Main Street and Arch Street,
Norristown, PA 19401

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The Colonial Theatre was opened by 1914. It was still open in 1926.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

The January 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Colonial Theatre:

“Great credit is due the management of the Colonial theater, Main and Arch streets, Norristown, Pa., for the admirable manner in which they handled the situation when several hundred feet of moving picture films in the operator’s booth caught fire and were entirely consumed. The audience was quieted and an exit made in a most orderly manner no one becoming excited and there was absolutely no sign of a panic.”
The March 14 issue of the same publication noted that the Colonial was one of two Norristown movie houses that had been fined for exhibiting a film that had not been approved by the State Board of Censors. Three other houses had been cited but charges against them were dismissed.

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