Colonial Theatre

Ashmun Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

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Charles and Anna DePaul had operated the Dreamland Theatre against Charles Cook’s Temple Theatre and Strand Theatre. The DePauls and Cooks decided to merge in 1924 instead of competing with the Dreamland Theatre closed shortly thereafter. However, the DePauls then built the diminutive 350-seat Colonial Theatre near the former Gayety Theatre. The Colonial Theatre and Temple made the transition to sound.

The Soo Theatre was opened by a competitor in 1929. So the DePauls competed until a 1934 with Soo Theatre owner Edward Saether brought the theatres into the same portfolio. Following the July 5, 1934 screenings, the Colonial Theatre was closed. The theatre was used on very rare occasions for local live events. But it fell into disrepair and became a long-lasting eyesore. The local paper says the theatre was razed in 1948. However, another story said that the job was not fully completed until 1953. In either case, the theatre was torn down.

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