Over the last few months working in the Colony Theatre, one thing is
certain. Marietta loves this theatre. The amount of buzz and interest
that's generated just by cleaning the windows or changing the marquee
has been overwhelming and very encouraging to our project.
It seems that everyone we meet has a story to tell about the Colony.
Whether it's memories of live productions, concerts or movies, or
stories told by the many former employees we've spoken to, there are
many tales to be told.
So, it only seemed fitting that we'd share them on our website. Please email us
your memories, stories, or anything else you'd like to tell us about
the Colony and how it has affected you. We'll be posting as many as
possible right here, so keep checking back!
am so excited that the Colony Theatre is being renovated! I remember
many, many Saturdays that I would go to the movie and enjoy everything
about the Colony Theatre. I would get a dollar to ride the bus, 15
cents one way and 25 cents round trip, my ticket, popcorn and a drink.
I would have money left over too! The Colony really started my
appreciation of movies and the art of acting. I love this site and it
brought back many, many memories. I can also remember when Marietta had
3 theatres in town! I love the Colony and always wondered why it hadn't
before this. It is such a old building. Thanks for the site and I will return often to see the progress.
--- Judy Patterson Arnold
Colony has many memories for me. I basically grew up there, as my
family owned it for quite a while. I am so excited that it is going to
reopen. The day we had to sell it I cried. That was where I went on the
weekend to help run the family business. It was very exciting growing
up there. We owned it until I was 10, I think. I remember running up
and down the stairs and being able to watch the latest movies that came
out. When I was 8 I even got to have a birthday party for my entire
class and we watched ET. I remember watching the Rocky Horror Picture
there and the college students going wild and throwing stuff all over
the place, and of course, me having to help clean up afterwards. That
wasn't fun at all. But the colony will always have a very special place
in my heart, and I myself would rather go there and watch a movie than
got to the mall or the Laffette Square in Marietta. It means alot to me
to be able to take my family there some day and sit and watch a movie
and say to my kids, "Your mom's family used to own this place."
--- Jennifer Bee, Marietta, OH
Am so VERY excited to get word that
fundraising has begun to restore the Colony!!! What a grand old
theater! I went there from the late 1940's right up until I graduated
from high school in 1961 and can remember how special a place I thought
it was. I will put out the word, and maybe some of us can come up with
some dollars to help.
--- Nancy Lane Kegresse, Clemmons, NC
"I congratulate your group in the effort to restore
the colony. I was president of the mid-ohio valley players when we
purchased the Putnam Theater from Ohio Theaters. Leroy Ash, myself and
many members spent much time raising funds as well as cleaning and
superficial restoration. We purchased the theater for approx. $52,000
and raised the majority of the funds from local businesses and
individuals. Since the purchase many renovations have been made but
much is still to be done. During initial renovations we uncovered many
surprises, some were not so nice but some were quite pleasant. Some
years ago Marjorie Bee took a few of us on a tour of the Colony and we
were quite impressed. Good luck on your venture!"
--- Hugh A. McConkey
"I remember when the Colony showed midnight movies on Fridays and they were
the scariest movies that I have ever seen. The kids, then, only needed
fifty cents to have a good time. I would love to see it re-open."
--- Judy (Kerns) McCloud, Raeford, NC
"I worked as head usher at the Colony for 3 1/2 years starting in 1951.
They were 3 of the best years, and I met a lot of friends. I remember
Mr. Duty, Mr. Miller, Earl Britton, and a lot of the others. Saw Tex
Ritter and watched 'Gone With The Wind'. Good luck, and I'll try to
make the open house."
---Earl K Lewis
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