Colonial Theatre Documentary

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 in Artifacts

colonial_theatre_cropThis October, The Colonial Theatre, located in downtown Phoenixville, will celebrate ten years since reopening its doors to the public. To commemorate this momentous event, Miller Designworks offered to create, pro bono, a 15-20 minute film on the Colonial’s long history of community involvement.

Built originally as a stage house, The Colonial Opera House opened its doors in 1903, quickly following with movies and performers, including Houdini in 1917. The Colonial went on to serve the people of Phoenixville through two world wars, a depression and a diverse series of dedicated owners.

The film will tell the theatre’s story by focusing on its architecture, programs and commitment to the Phoenixville area. It will show The Colonial’s rich heritage through the voices of the people who have shaped and are touched by The Colonial Theatre’s presence in the community. The people involved with The Colonial at every level will make up the film through interviews and stills. Filming starts in June.

If you are from Phoenixville, or have some connection to the Theatre, we’d love to hear from you. If you have any old Colonial photos, video, film or memorabilia, we’d REALLY love to hear from you! (and it might even make it into the film)

This blog will follow this film’s development into a documentary on a community treasure.