The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. In its early days, the Colonial was home to live stage shows, vaudeville acts and musicals including appearances by Harry Houdini and Mary Pickford. Real movie buffs know that the Colonial was featured in the 1958 science fiction classic, The Blob, starring Steve McQueen and filmed in and around Phoenixville.
The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonials programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center.
Inspire audiences by presenting exceptional and eclectic film and performance for all in Phoenixville’s historic Colonial Theatre.
Join us on the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00pm for a FREE tour (no tickets required) of the historic Colonial Theatre! Visit the interior of our newly acquired bank building, and learn the story behind the theatre. Step “backstage” and peer into the projection booth where the Blob oozed its way into the theatre and our history. The tour lasts approximately an hour, with plenty of time for you to buy your tickets and popcorn for our Sunday matinee! Please call 610-917-1228 to RSVP no later than 5pm the Thursday before the tour so we can arrange for a tour guide to be here. Tours are free of charge, but your donation is appreciated.