Colony Theatre

4935 Georgia Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20011

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Auditorium of the Colony Theatre, Washington DC in 1926

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Opened in 1926 on Georgia Avenue, and designed by John J. Zink, the Colony Theatre was operated for a time in the 1940’s and 1950’s by Warner Brothers. This theater has been closed for years.

Any additional information would be appreciated…

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rlvjr
rlvjr on July 12, 2005 at 8:49 am

The COLONY was a 3rd Run house under Warner management, playing films one week after, and slightly cheaper, than Warner’s newer and nearby KENNEDY and SHERIDAN. (All 3 still exist, as churches.) The COLONY had one glorious last harrah under Warner’s. Somehow they got Audery Hepburn’s ROMAN HOLIDAY one day earlier than other theatres and filled all 3 shows to standing room only. The really smart KB chain later leased the COLONY where they’d showcase AAA+ movies that had played-off too quickly elsewhere. Revivals of pictures like MARTY, a few months after playing elsewhere, lasted several weeks at the COLONY. As the neighborhood declined into unchecked crime, that option eventually failed. The COLONY is part of a larger building and that saved it. Anyway, nobody’s building anything new near here.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I was in this area last week and could not locate any building with a 4935 Georgia Avenue NW address. There are a couple of structures in the 4900 block which kinda look like former theatres, but not with this street number.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Some photos of the theater building are on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/l4oh5j

SteveBehrens
SteveBehrens on September 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

The Colony was at Georgia Avenue and Farragut Street, N.W., a block south of the spot indicated by the Google Street View. (It’s the light-brick building in the distance, in fact.) The blog linked above has a drawing of the building whose caption gives the cross street (also posted on Flickr below).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40433497@N05/4054269159/

Possibly the 4935 Georgia address is a little off.

My mother grew up a few blocks away on Allison Street in the 1920s and regularly walked to this or other theaters around the Petworth area.

SteveBehrens
SteveBehrens on September 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Here’s a better view of the Colony’s building:

http://g.co/maps/te2rq

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