Colonial Theatre

2608 Lee Street,
Greenville, TX 75401

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Previously operated by: Jefferson Amusements Company

Functions: Office Space

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Colonial Theater ... Greenville Texas

The original Colonial Theatre was open as early as 1914. It was destroyed by fire in 1924.

A new Colonial Theatre was built on the site with ownership in the early-1930’s by Dent Theatres. Seating was listed at 385.

The Lilly Circuit operated the theatre from the mid-1930’s thru the mid-1940’s when Jefferson Amusement took over operations until its closing in 1957.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

The earliest (and only) mention of the Colonial Theatre on this timeline of Greenville history is November 16, 1914, when the house presented the first amateur movie made in Greenville.

The Colonial Theatre was mentioned in the March 18, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World. E. J. Lumpkin was the operator.

The Greenville Morning Herald had advertisements for the Colonial and two other movie theaters on this page of its issue of October 2, 1918.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on May 15, 2021 at 6:48 am

Currently a financial services office.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2021 at 10:00 pm

The building at this address now is apparently a rebuild. The November 15, 1924 issue of Moving Picture World said that “[a]rchitects have drawn plans for a handsome new theatre at Greenville, Texas, to replace the former Colonial Theatre there, which was destroyed by fire. The theatre will be two stories in height and will cost about $30,000.” The earlier Colonial Theatre had been listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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