Monday, February 7, 2011
Colonial Theatre - Canaan, Connecticut
When this photo was taken in October 2010, the Colonial Theatre of Canaan, Connecticut was in its last days of operation. It’s currently closed and up for sale.
The wood frame construction is not as flashy as, say, Art Deco, but its staid Georgian-inspired columns and respectable gray clapboard with white trim is certainly an example of what the closest thing to a “downtown” would look like in a remote New England village.
Built in 1923, this old movie house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Weathering the decades and changes in film, and audience, the Colonial was closed in 1997, but later re-opened to include live theatre as well as movies. Have a look here at this website more photos, including the nifty interior, and at this website for more history on this theater. Hopefully somebody will see possibilities for the future while respecting its past.