Colonial Theatre

2050 Main Street,
Bethlehem, NH 03574

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flatlander
flatlander on March 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

This theater is still going strong with an interesting and up to date selection of indy films showing through the summer/fall months together with live performances. There was a recent piece in the Boston Globe about the problems smaller theaters in New England are having with the change over from film to digital projection and the following quote is relevant to this theater.

Yet Dignazio is planning to install a digital projector in the coming year; like all the other theater owners struggling to survive, he feels he has no choice. If the Bethlehem Colonial wants to show any new releases from the major studios or their art house boutique wings — let alone 3-D films or 48 frames-per-second blockbusters like “The Hobbit” — it’s convert or die.
Rolfe
Rolfe on February 7, 2006 at 9:05 am

I remember the projector being way too loud – being close to the front row you could even hear it. The sound also isn’t optimal. Nevertheless, the theater is doing it’s best to renovate itself, and at least for the summer season, smaller, limited release movies get to play in northern New Hampshire.

richardg
richardg on October 21, 2004 at 12:39 am

When I revisited the Colonial in Oct. 2004, to see “Maria Full of Grace”, I noticed some significant changes. Grant monies from all levels of government have been donated and lots of work is ongoing. The marquee was in the process of being rebuilt as well as a handicap accessible ramp, although entry is through one of the side exit doors. A plaque outside the theatre bodly states: “The oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States. I’ve seen this claim by other theatres so I’m not sure how accurate this information is. The Colonial is also a seasonal operation so does that still qualify it as "continuosly operating”? Ah, semantics —how complicated they are. Anyway, despite the controversy I stongly recommend a visit to the Colonial. Yes, the popcorn and soda cans are still served outside before you enter the theatre. A small box of popcorn is $1.00 and you help yourself to the real butter. Some things are just better in New Hampshire.

richardg
richardg on February 13, 2004 at 12:44 am

The Colonial was sold a year or two ago to the present owners. It previously had been owned by a wealthy businessman who also owns the movie theatre in Littleton. I saw one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen at the Colonial. It was titled “Northfolk” and starred James Woods and Nick Nolte. The theatre was also a little strange. It had no candy counter. They sold popcorn from a popcorn wagon outside under the marquee. Possibly the reason for this was because, as I remember, as soon as you entered the theatre you were in the auditorium — there was no foyer or at least I don’t remember one. The theatre is very basic but the popcorn was good and the staff very friendly. There’s a great restaurant directly across the street from the theatre.