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Colonial Theatre (Official)
Architects: George L. Griffin
Styles: Colonial Revival
Yet another “Colonial” in NH… but this one is haunted. From the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society…
“The Colonial Theatre, on Main Street in downtown Laconia operated for 86 years. It was, at the time ‘One of the handsomest play-houses to be found in New England and far ahead of anything which the average city of Laconia can boast’, reported the Laconia Democrat in 1915, when the Colonial Theatre opened with 1,231-seats. It presented movies and vaudeville shows, the world premiere of "Return To Peyton Place” and the music of John Phillip Sousa. It was operating as a movie house into the 2000’s. In 2017 it was being renovated to create a 750-seat multi-purpose theatre. The Colonial Theatre reopened in August 2021.
Interesting fact: The Colonial Theatre is said to be haunted. Reported incidents include: footsteps heard and lights go on and off, and doors open and close when no one’s around. Visitors get a strange feeling that they should leave as soon as possible. A figure of a man has been seen".
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