48-50 E. Mill Street,
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Architects: William Rau
The Colonial Theatre was built in 1901-02 as a 1,600 seat playhouse, opening on 2nd March 1902 with the play “Floradora”. It was supposedly a copy of the old Lincoln Playouse, New York. At one time it was leased to the Ohio Circuit Company, headed by the playwrite and actor George M. Cohen. After 1910 the theatre featured vaudeville.
Around 1928 the Colonial Theatre was converted into a motion picture theatre and a small Wurlitzer theatre organ was installed. During World War II, vaudeville and stage shows returned to the Colonial Theatre before it went back to full time movies. It was closed on July 6, 1969 screening Ron Moody in “Oliver”, and was demolished in 1970.
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