Colonial Theatre

Pike Street,
Shinnston, WV 26431

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Colonial Theatre

The Colonial Theatre was a large theatre in Shinnston, WV.

Contributed by Nessa

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

Need an address or crossroad, more info and photos.

Nessa on October 20, 2021 at 8:28 pm

I do believe the theatre pictured is actually the Rice theatre, but I could be wrong.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2023 at 6:16 am

Nessa is correct that the photos here depict the Rice Theatre, which operated from 1948 to 1957. It was described in various trade journals as an upstairs theater with a large store on the ground floor.

So far I’ve been unable to find any historic references to a house called the Colonial Theatre at Shinnston. While searching I’ve found a couple of stray listings: A Lyric Theatre is listed in FDYs from 1927, ‘28 and '29, no seating capacity listed, and a 400-seat Paramount Theatre is listed in 1931 only. Neither of these names appear to be aka’s for other known houses, as the Columbia, Princess and Rex continue to be listed as well.

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