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As a nonprofit, Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT) relies on members and donors to meet operational costs each year.  Tickets and concession revenues only contribute a portion of what is needed to maintain and restore the historic Colonial and deliver film and live programming. The rest comes from generous supporters.

Whether your attraction to the Colonial Theatre originates from a love of great film and performance, historic spaces and places, the preservation of Phoenixville and Chester County landmarks or arts and culture, generally speaking, there are many ways to contribute.

Make a one-time donation in any amount using the links below. Or, become a monthly sustaining contributor by authorizing a budget-friendly, recurring contribution using the form below.

Contact Emily Simmons, Development Director, with questions or to discuss a gift: or (610) 917-1228.

Does your employer match charitable contributions or have employee giving or volunteer reimbursement programs? You can double – or even triple – the impact of your donation to the Colonial Theatre. Be sure to mail your matching gift form with a copy of your gift receipt if making an online contribution. (Or, contact our Development office and we’ll be glad to assist.)

Donate to the Colonial Theatre

In May 2017 the Colonial will open a newly constructed 'wing' with two brand new theatres for film! This $8M project includes exciting patron amenities like new bathrooms, a 30' concession that will sell wine and beer, and a rental suite with rooftop views and an adjacent rooftop garden. Theatre #2 will seat 175 patrons and Theatre #3 will accommodate 65 patrons. The existing box office, entry, and inner lobby are also being reconfigured. This expansion from a single-screen theatre to a three-screen venue means that you'll have more movies to choose from. Conservative projections suggest that the Colonial's patronage will triple as a result of this expanded programming. The Colonial Theatre is a nonprofit. This building expansion has been made possible through generous support from individual contributors and foundations. To see a list of naming opportunities or photos, visit To open the campaign brochure, click on the image. Help us meet the fundraising goal by December. Every single dollar counts and you can make multi-year pledges for gifts of $5,000 or greater or pay using stock and appreciated securities. Monthly recurring gifts are another great way to make an impact without breaking your budget! (Contact our office to establish a monthly recurring gift: (610) 917-1228.) Donors who contribute to the Campaign by July 1, 2017 will have their contributions matched by two generous donors who have pledged to give $50,000 – if we can raise $50,000. Donate to the Bank on the Arts Capital Expansion Campaign Save Save

Tax-deductible, annual fund gifts literally help light our marquee and keep our film projectors humming and popcorn poppers popping. Now more than ever we need annual contributions as operational costs increase along with our theatre’s size.

Donate to the Annual Fund
Sponsoring a theatre seat is a fabulous way to memorialize a loved one, pay tribute to a film-loving friend or give a unique and memorable gift.  Seat sponsorships currently support the Bank on the Arts building expansion campaign and are available in each of the two new theatres being constructed in the Colonial's new wing (opening this May 2017).

Bank on the Arts Campaign Seat Sponsorship

To learn more about the Bank on the Arts Campaign and our building expansion, click here. Donors who sponsor a seat in either of the two new theatres pictured below (actual colors and finishes) will help us meet our campaign fundraising goal. Put your name on one of 65 plush red velvet seats in Theatre #3 for $2,000 per seat or one of 174 deluxe, telescoping turquoise seats in Theatre #2, which spans two floors, for $2,500 per seat. Each seat will bear an engraved plaque commemorating your gift with a special message.  Seat sponsorships can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one.  Please note that Bank on the Arts seat sponsorships do not guarantee a patron's ability to sit in any seat for any or every performance or film.             Download, complete, and mail the form below with payment to our office at PO Box 712, Phoenixville, PA  19460. Or, contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you in making your gift. To view other naming opportunities, click here. Donate to the Bank on the Arts Capital Expansion Campaign Save
When forward-thinking Phoenixvillian Harry Brownback bought the buildings that would become the Colonial Theatre in 1902, there was no way of knowing what would become of his modest dream. Remarkably, his small, $30,000 investment in the building now owned by the nonprofit Association for the Colonial Theatre has been protected for 114 years and counting through the energy and generosity of many friends and donors. Planned gifts transmit legacies and positively impact future generations. By considering the Colonial Theatre in your gift planning or will, you can ensure that another century of arts and cultural programming has a venue for expression on the Colonial's stage and screen. You can ensure that the theatre will persist, come what may. Adding a simple bequest to your will is one way to make a planned gift to the Colonial Theatre today. Sample bequest language: I bequeath ____% of my residuary estate (or $___________) to Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable cultural organization, located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, for its ongoing film, live performance, and other programs. Federal Tax I.D. number: 23-2846336. Click on the images below to download our informational brochures on Planned Giving and Gifts of Appreciated Stock. Or, contact Emily Simmons, Development Director at or (610) 917-1228 to learn more about how Planned Gifts can impact the Colonial Theatre today and tomorrow.

Honoring Your Support

Those patrons and members who have chosen to include the Colonial with a bequest or other planned gift form the Medallion Society. There are no dues or fees associated with membership in this planned giving society. Medallion Society members ensure the future success of the Colonial Theatre. Planned gifts to the Colonial Theatre can have a profound impact on our work today and tomorrow and depending on the type of gift, can help you to achieve your financial and charitable goals. You are eligible for membership in the Medallion Society if you have named Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT) as a beneficiary of your:
  • Will or trust
  • IRA or other retirement plan
  • Life income or other planned gift (charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or remainder interest in a personal residence)
Members will be listed in the annual report and acknowledged in all donor recognition materials produced by the Colonial Theatre, in perpetuity. You will also be invited to join your fellow members at special events and exclusive Medallion Society events. For more information about becoming a Medallion Society member, please contact Mary Foote, Executive Director, at or (610) 917-1228. Save Save