Colonial Theater

247 Wanaque Avenue,
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

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jojo on June 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

yes i was working there at that time ,the theater billed the show “see all the planet of the apes films"Go ape for a day!i loved that theater i have been showing films ever since.i use to do all the week end midnight shows also.the very first film i showed there was song of the south.i went to lakeland during the week and worked the colonial on the week ends.

RogerMooreFan on June 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

In 1974 Colonial had Ape’s Fest. This was the entire Planet Of The Apes franchise in one sitting.

I remember seeing The Day of the Jackal,The Helstrom Chronicles and Fiddler on the Roof while it was still a single screen theatre

Jef on January 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Colonial back in the mid ‘80s.

ColonialTwinFollies on August 2, 2011 at 6:57 am

This theater is still listed as having two screens and 800 seats. Not true. The fact is, this theater showed it’s last movie back in 1996…15 years ago! It has only one small stage upstairs that now showcases live theater, (The Smiling Rhino Theater). The downstairs theater was totally gutted back in the mid/late 90’s and has since been used as a teen community center. No screens…no movies…The Colonial, no more!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

I saw a fantastic double feature here in the ‘70s: “Forbidden Planet” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

ColonialTwinFollies on January 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

The owner eventually did!

gd14lawn on January 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I watched two of the clips and can’t stomach any more. The owner should have hired people who cared.

ColonialTwinFollies on October 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Here’s a link to the Colonial Twin Follies channel on YouTube. It includes clips from the episodes I produced. Subscribe if you’d like, because there are plenty more clips to come!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Great idea.Had I had a video camera when I worked in the Business in 70’s and 80’s I certainly would have shot alot of video.Wish we had something like that in those days.You will treasure it for sure.

ColonialTwinFollies on October 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Here is a link to some hilarious clips from a video I made with friends while working at the Colonial Twin Theater. Aside from being funny, it is likely the most extensive collection of video footage ever documented of the Colonial Theater since it opened in 1913. The original video was made 80 years after the theater opened, and just three years before the theater closed. Enjoy!

ColonialTwinFollies on October 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Hi There. I worked at the Colonial Twin back in 1992-1993. I found some old newspaper pages from the Trends, dated Sunday, September 16th 1973, The pages were commemorating the theater’s 6oth anniversary. From the articles printed in that paper, I learned the following interesting facts about the old Colonial Theater:
* It opened September 20, 1913 as Cowdry’s Playhouse, which in addition to “flickers,” catered to mostly stage plays. It also featured stock shows, minstrels, & Vaudville.
* In 1925, the Colonial was the first theater in the East to install the new RCA sound system.
* In 1945, the Colonial was remodeled, with the seating capacity increased from 525 to 1,100 seats.
* Famous boxer Joe Lewis would frequent the Colonial to watch films of his opponents before fights.
* Babe Ruth also frequented the Colonial, according to Harold Alward, the theaters projectionist since 1917.
The Colonial was turned into a twin in the early 1980’s and closed it’s doors in 1996. The last movie to ever play there, was “In and Out” which ironically was shot at the Pompton Lakes High School right behind the theater!!! How’s that for a coincidence???

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

From the early 1950s a postcard view of the Colonial Theatre in Pompton Lakes.

jojo on July 12, 2009 at 11:23 pm

hello well i was one of the relieaf projectionist at the colonial in the 70’s Harold allwood was the resident senior projectionist.I think the first film i showed was across 110th st with anthony quinn. And also i ran the sound of music.I was going to lakeland regional high in wanaque nj and it was hard getting up in the morning after running film the night before but i t was a really fun time for me.I think the managers name was mr.batson he was a very tall guy but he gave me my first break running the projectors and i ahve been doing it ever since i now work in ca in a 20 screen multi-plex well thats all i can share for now.peach

teecee on March 10, 2006 at 6:12 pm

1968 listing (top – no picture – Rosemary’s Baby) courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 25, 2005 at 7:54 am

Listed in the 1941 Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 800.