Colonial Theatre auditorium / photo from Michael Miller Collection, THS Archives

State funds allow Colonial Theatre to expand [Phoenixville, Penn.]

Colonial Theatre auditorium / photo from Michael Miller Collection, THS Archives

[According to WFMJ-TV, The 108-year-old theater was featured in the 1958 science fiction film "The Blob" starring Steve McQueen. An annual "Blobfest" celebration recreates the movie's scene in which moviegoers flee in terror from the oozing monster .]

 
By HEATHER TYRRELL htyrrell@journalregister.com
and GRETCHEN METZ gmetz@dailylocal
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Colonial Theatre is set to expand into an adjacent building with the help of $250,000 in state funding.

The funds, made available by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help the Association of the Colonial Theatre purchase and renovate the neighboring building.

Mary Foote, the Colonial Theatre Association’s executive director, said the expansion means the theater will have more space and be able to offer more programs.

“We did an expansion study because we’ve grown quite a bit,” Foote said. The expansion will help the theater “satisfy the needs of the arts in the community.”

Foote said the purchase of the neighboring building is expected to be completed in December. …

… The theater opened as Harry’s Colonial Opera House with a stage show on Sept. 5, 1903. It cost $30,000 to build. …

For the complete story, go to http://www.dailylocal.com/articles/2011/10/25/news/doc4ea72b7848190599267234.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Additional Source: http://www.wfmj.com/story/15875202/century-old-philly-area-theater-to-expand

One Comment

  1. Hooray for the Colonial! One of our spotlight stops on the 2009 Conclave – and one that made quite an impression!

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