Colonial Theatre

111 South Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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SethG on July 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

Not sure why this is listed as showing movies. The theater appears to feature everything but movies.

The NRHP listing for the Park Square Historic District (boundary increase) has a 1990 picture of the theater before the removal of the addition to the front, which I guess dates from sometime between 1930 and 1940.

HowardBHaas on February 26, 2012 at 5:50 am

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel section has an article “The Berkshires' show goes on” from New York Times News Service, but I can’t find online link. There’s a gorgeous photo of auditorium facing stage. We have it listed here as still showing movies. Does it show movies, perhaps classics, at all?

kencmcintyre on August 3, 2008 at 10:21 am

Here is a recent article from the Berkshire Eagle:

SchineHistorian on April 30, 2008 at 7:28 pm

The latest issue of Theatre Historical Society’s MARQUEE MAGAZINE features a photo and short bio of this theater in a travel feature spotlighting the Berkshires.

Go to to join THS or order back issues.

spectrum on November 14, 2007 at 8:41 am

Status of this theatre should be changed to Open, Function = performing arts.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 2, 2007 at 8:01 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Colonial has an exterior photo dated May 1941. At that time the entrance to the theatre was on the left side of the facade, with a large marquee above. There was a one-story addition on the right side of the facade with a store in it. There is a notation on the Report that the theatre is “Closed”, but that can’t be— there is something (unreadable) posted on the marquee; there are posters in the poster cases and there are 4 lines of pennant streamers flying from the top of the marquee to the roof. The theatre hardly looks closed in the photo. Another error is that the Report says the Colonial is on “North St.” instead of South St. The Report states that the theatre has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old; that it’s in Fair condition and has 800 seats. Other movie theatres in Pittsfield are listed as: Capitol, Kameo, Palace, Tyler, Union Square, and Strand. The 1940 population of Pittsfield was 49,600.

rnoyes on November 26, 2006 at 6:17 am

Thanks for archiving those pictures, Ed. They’re magnificent.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 29, 2006 at 8:08 am

I captured the images from the Times article, in case the link to the full article expires:

Interior shot
Carved Cherub detail
Before and After detail work

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 29, 2006 at 7:56 am

A nice article appears in today’s NY Times about the Colonial. Here’s a link to the online version (which includes several expandable photos), though I’m not sure how long it will last.

AlLarkin on June 8, 2005 at 1:54 pm

I also took the $15.00 tour (with optional tee-shirt) during July, 2004. They have a long way to go in order to meet the 2006 deadline. I was amazed that several flyhouse cables were still there along with one visible catwalk on stage right. The tour guides referred to the projection booth as “The Box.” The projectionists must have felt that this was some sort of confinement. I also suggest that an annual audit be made public as to the accountability of Federal funds provided for portions of this project. It is amazing how full or partially subsidized projects of this type seem to be forgotten.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 16, 2005 at 10:01 am

Here’s a nice old postcard of the Colonial, mailed in 1914.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 1, 2005 at 7:16 pm

McElfatrick designed the interior while Vance designed the exterior.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 31, 2004 at 5:28 pm

I took one of the free tours today that they offer on Saturdays (10:30 and 11:00) and Sundays (12 noon and 12:30.) The theatre is a marvel but they really haven’t begun to do any real restoration yet, and there’s an enormous amount to be done. With funds originally vetoed by Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, work had come to a standstill. Now that state funds and other moneys are available again, we were told that work is about to recommence and that the theatre will be open to the public in the spring of 2006. Let’s cross our fingers.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 9, 2004 at 8:25 pm

When the Colonial reopens seating capacity will actually be about 950 since they are removing the wooden benches from the balcony and putting in real theatre seats.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 4, 2004 at 12:41 pm

I’m not sure who runs the website listed above, but it is not the official one. The official one is at .