Colony Theatre

4935 Georgia Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20011

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rivest266 on June 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

Grand opening ad as Colony International from October 23rd, 1960 in photo section. Adult movies were shown.

rivest266 on June 20, 2015 at 5:02 pm

May 8th, 1926 grand opening ad in photo section.

rlvjr on December 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

As 2014 closes there is scant trace of the Colony Theatre. The present remodeled building is called The Colony, but the interior is rebuilt as a senior center. Look at the 2nd floor of the facade and you can spot a few signs of the former theatre, which later survived many decades as a church.

SteveBehrens on September 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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

SteveBehrens on September 10, 2011 at 7:15 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).

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.

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Some photos of the theater building are on this site:

JackCoursey on January 31, 2008 at 5:56 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.

rlvjr on July 12, 2005 at 11:49 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.