Colonial Theatre celebrates new wing

December 6, 2017 by  

The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, just a short distance from Paoli, is a landmark for residents throughout the area, and its recent expansion will be celebrated with a grand opening soon.

A group of local volunteers created the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring The Colonial, which it recognized as having historical significance. ACT bought the theater in 1996 and reopened it in 1999 with a variety of programs.

In 2016, a renovation and expansion was begun, connecting The Colonial with The National Bank of Phoenixville next door. ACT bought the bank building in 2011, and renovated it to add two more movie theaters, as well as other amenities. The bank was built in 1925, and care was taken to make sure its historic architecture was preserved.

The expanded theater has already opened for business. The new spaces include a stadium-style theater with 174 seats, a 65-seat theater, and a lobby with a concession stand and a baby grand piano. Other additions include dressing rooms, a catering kitchen, and a garden suite with an outdoor deck. These spaces were celebrated with a soft opening earlier; now that the wing has been open for several months, a grand opening is scheduled.

The opening will take place this Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

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