Colony Theater

418 2nd Avenue,
Gallipolis, OH 45631

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Colony Theater

The Colony Theater was opened on November 24, 1937 with Warner Baxter in “Vogues of 1938”. It was closed for a year in 1986 due to a yellow fever outbreak. It reopened on November 20, 1987 with Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing”. It was closed in the early-2000’s, but briefly reopened in 2010, and later operated as the Colony Club, a live music venue with some movies being screened. It had closed by September 2019.

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TheDaveyBoyShow on August 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

This theater is currently OPEN and showing movies and having live music events

DavidZornig on April 14, 2019 at 9:16 pm

1951 photo added credit Tawny Studio Gallipolis Ohio.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 29, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Spotted this theater on the news tonight (some escaped convicts on the loose…)

It seems this house opened in 1937, closed decades later, re-opened as the Colony Club, showing movies and serving food, and then eventually closed again…

Lots of photos added.

Trolleyguy on September 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

Phone is disconnected, website is down, nothing on Facebook. Status should be closed.

50sSNIPES on July 9, 2024 at 9:13 pm

The Colony Theater opened its doors on November 24, 1937 with Warner Baxter in “Vogues Of 1938” (unknown if extras added), and operated as a first-run house for many decades.

The Colony Theater once closed in May 1986 and sat abandoned for more than a year due to the theater becoming a major hotspot for the yellow fever epidemic, according to then-manager Tom Wheeler. Other nearby theaters at the time remained open. This lasted until the Colony Theater reopened on November 20, 1987 with “Dirty Dancing” just in time for the Colony Theater’s 50th Anniversary.

The Colony Theater closed in the early-2000s. It briefly reopened in the mid-2010s but closed soon afterward.

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