Colonial Theatre

702-708 S. Pittsburgh Street,
Connellsville, PA 15425

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Architects: Press C. Dowler, Jennings Moss McCollum

Firms: McCollum & Dowler

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Colonial Theatre

The Colonial Theatre was opened on September 2, 1903 with live entertainment. It was closed in 1923 and became an auto repair shop.

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dallasmovietheaters on April 15, 2019 at 2:54 am

The Colonial Theatre launched with live entertainment on September 2, 1903 on a 20-year lease. A classified ad in 1923 offering 1,000 seats for sale was the official end of the Colonial although it was only lightly used over its final five years. It became an auto repair shop.

SethG on April 19, 2020 at 9:27 am

As you can see from the postcard, the theater was a huge auditorium at the rear of the Colonial Block, which contained the Colonial Inn and various other businesses. The stage was on the south wall, and there was a very large horseshoe balcony.

The correct address would have been 702-708 S Pittsburgh. The entrance itself does not have an address on the 1914 map. This large complex was rather oddly placed well south of downtown. It seems to have been demolished by the ‘60s, and is mostly a parking lot for a small grocery, which occupies about ¼ of the original footprint.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2020 at 12:16 am

A post on the “Remember Connellsville” Facebook page says that the Colonial Theatre was designed by Pittsburgh architectural firm McCollum & Dowler (Jennings Moss McCollum and Press C. Dowler.)

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