Colonial Theater

123 N. Main Street,
Elmira, NY 14901

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Previously operated by: Dipson Circuit, Loews

Architects: Michael J. DeAngelis

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Colonial Theater Vaudeville

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The Colonial Theatre 1939

The Colonial Theater Vaudeville was opened September 18, 1911 with 6-acts of vaudeville. By 1914 it was screening movies. It was listed in a 1917 Elmira, NY business directory at the address given above. A Link theater organ size 2/6 was installed in the Colonial Theater in 1928.

The Colonial Theater was remodeled in 1941 to the plans of architect Michael J. DeAngelis. It was closed on September 4, 1980 with Charles Martin Smith in Walt Disney’s “Herbie Goes Banana’s.

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Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Patsy on January 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

This one is listed as “closed”, but I just wonder how many of the 19 DeAngelis theatres listed on his architect link as “closed” are actually “demolished”? The Granada is listed as “closed” at the moment, but will be listed as “closed/demolished” soon as demolition was sadly begun on December 30, 2009.

Patsy on January 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

And after viewing a photo from the 40’s and then a photo from the 80’s I see the doors were changed just like was done to my hometown theatre. Amazing! Need to know if this theatre is still at 123 Main.

Patsy on December 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

After comparing a photo of this theatre in Box Office Magazine I also see that an exterior art piece was either removed or covered over. Hope this theatre is open now.

Patsy on December 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

Joe Vogel: I looked at the Boxoffice Feb. 21, 1942 issue and couldn’t find the Colonial article with photo though I did find the Colonial article in the April 26, 1941 issue. Thanks for the Boxoffice website information as I visit it often now.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

All the old links to Boxoffice articles that were posted at are dead, and I’m gradually updating them as I come across them. Archived issues of Boxoffice are now in a section called The Vault at the magazine’s own web site.

I’ve noticed that a lot of the old links have the wrong issue dates or wrong pages. Either I made a lot of mistakes, or the magazines at were different editions than the ones now available at The Vault (Boxoffice published a national edition and multiple regional editions, and the content didn’t always match up.)

The magazine has also set up The Vault in a way that makes it inaccessible to search engines, so I can’t always find the new locations of the articles I cited in earlier comments. The article about the Colonial is one of those I can’t find, but I have found the drawing of the proposed redesign of the theater, at the upper right corner of this page of the April 26, 1941, issue.

lvBP4evr on June 22, 2012 at 3:46 am

Sadly, this theater had been allowed to fall into disrepair, & eventually was demolished to make way for the hockey arena.

Patsy on February 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

It is a shame that the Colonial is now a bank, but more importantly that its beautiful interior was changed “back then”…in the “boxofficemagazine” article one can see the elegant interior with the corner organ!

rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

This opened on September 18th, 1911. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

drgiraud on July 15, 2021 at 7:34 pm

I saw MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME 1st run at the Colonial. They still had working curtains. Great theater.

50sSNIPES on March 29, 2024 at 8:48 am

Closed on September 4, 1980 with Walt Disney’s “Herbie Goes Bananas” due to lack of quality films.

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