Colony Theatre

1856 N. 40th Street,
East St. Louis, IL 62204

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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company

Architects: Cletis R. Foley

Previous Names: Waverley Theatre, Fourtieth Street Theatre

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Colony Theatre

The Waverley Theatre was opened in May 1921. It was renamed Fourtieth Street Theatre in 1934. It was destroyed by fire in 1945.

In 1948 after being rebuilt to the plans of architect Cletis R. Foley, it reopened as the Colony Theatre and was operated by the Frisina Amusement Co. It went over to adult movies in 1972 and later gay adult movies. It was closed in 1992. Since demolished, the site was an empty lot in 2016, and still an empty lot in 2022.

Not to be confused with the Colony II Theatre (a straight adult theatre) on Forest Boulevard, which has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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JAlex on July 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The Waverly Theatre opened in May 1921. With a change of ownership in 1934 the theatre was renamed the 40th Street. The structure suffered a fire in 1945, was closed, and was replaced in 1948 with a new structure, and name, as the Colony Theatre. Theatre started showing X-rated films in 1974 which continued until closure in 1992.

JAlex on July 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

The photograph was taken in December 2009.

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