Today the Kennebec Journal is reporting that efforts to save the Colonial Theater in Augusta, Maine is making progress. This is excellent news as too much of Northern New England’s architectural heritage has already been lost. According to the article:
Supporters of saving an old theater in Augusta say they’ve repaid the city $3,000 in taxes and obtained nonprofit status.
Tina Charest, secretary for the Augusta Colonial Theater, said volunteers have boarded up windows to prevent vermin and people from getting in; developed a positive relationship with the owner of the building next door and other downtown neighbors; and cleared litter and raised funds.
The Kennebec Journal reports City Council members seemed pleased with the latest developments. The Council had warned that the building could be torn down if improvements were not made.
The organization responsible for saving the theater is Colonial Theater, Inc. Check out their website or became of fan of the Colonial Theater, Inc. Facebook page.
Attached is a picture from our Augusta, Maine picture gallery. See more pictures at their website. If they keep doing more work, we’re going to have to update our picture as well 🙂
While we are at it, we should add a bonus building history . . . from Colonial Theater, Inc.
The Colonial Theater is an important piece of Augusta’s history. It played an important role in the early film industry in this country.
The Theater was opened in downtown Augusta in 1913. It featured silent films with live music until sound pictures were introduced in the late 1920s.
Several films were actually made in Augusta and premiered at the Colonial. These films were made, written and produced by people like Edgar Jones, Mary Astor, Evelyn Brent and Holman Day.
The theater also had a celebrity visitor during World War II when Dorothy Lamour from “Road Pictures” visited the Colonial for a bond drive.