ASSOCIATION FOR THE COLONIAL THEATRE

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 227 Bridge Street Phoenixville PA 19460 USA

Mission: The mission of the Association for the Colonial Theatre is to enhance the collective well being of our region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic and civic life.  To this end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville’s historic business district.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 people per year come to programs at the Colonial
Geographic areas served: Chester County, PA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Colonial Theatre is the centerpiece of Phoenixville! My husband and I are proud to be members supporting this vibrant organization. It's not just a movie theater! Live performances, children's programs, special events such as Oscar Night and the Blob Fest draw crowds of all ages and interests. Having the Colonial as a magnet draws people to the other fine shopping, dining and cultural attractions of our town. Mary Foote and her staff are so creative in making the vision come alive, and support and participate in the life of the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a regular movie-goer, attending the annual Oscar Night, Blob Fest, the first TEDx event in 2010 and one of the fundraisers for its restored theater organ!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Assist in efforts to further restore the theater's interior.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've been a member for one year now, and it's been a great experience. A varied selection of movies, both old and new, fun events (Rocky Horror Picture Show was a blast), and pleasant staff. The restoration of the theater's organ is a very worthwhile endeavor. Definitely an organization to support.

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It was a special treat to hear the organ playing the score of several classic silent movies. Chaplin and Keaton starred in such movies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As s 'rookie', I'm not privy to the inner workings of the organization. As a theater goer, I like the rustic feel of the place. One improvement could be better floor lighting in the wheelchair seating area with better marking of the various levels on the main floor.

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Rating: 4 stars  

See films and shows you don't see on every corner of every other town, and see them in a beautiful, historic theater! Who could ask for anything better? The colonial has been showing some of the best in film for years. I am a member, and have volunteered there, as well as having been on stage, and I can say I have enjoyed every aspect of this theater, and will support it as much as I can.

This theater is living history, and I love what entertainment they provide.

One of the most stirring times I spent there was with my close friend. We went to see "The Pianist". I don't think I ever saw him as riveted to the screen as he was then. We were so moved, we spoke about the film and the Holocaust for days. We learned a lot historically, and about each other as well.

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I've had the pleasure of seeing both film and live shows here for years, and have been part of a live cast onstage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure there was someone proofreading their newsletter, and any outgoing correspondence. Other than that, I find the organization quite satisfactory.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Colonial Theatre is simply an amazing venue! Kudos go to the Association members and donors who have worked tirelessly and given generously! I have attended many movie screenings, concerts, and children's events ~ and with each visit I am even more a fan! The programming that is presented is diverse and multi-generational. While much has been done with regard to building renovations, there is still much more to be done to preserve this gem...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending movie screenings, concerts, anmd children's events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

through a family member.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have given me more opportunities to experience the Arts

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This theatre was closed for many years. I had always one day wanted to purchase this theatre and bring it back to life. Apparently I was not the only one who had dreams for this theatre. The life that has been brought back into this theatre has really branched out into the community and they are constantly trying new things and reaching all the many sectors of the community which is hard to do. I think all who work and contribute to this orginization are truly great and hope that they continue.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The progrms

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them some more $ so they could hire me full time in some capacity

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great local venue featuring a diverse and eclectic mix of entertainment, both live and recorded. Great community resource. Intimate size and art deco look, with a stage and appearance from bygone days. The Colonial is a Gem.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending numerous events, both live and film.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Host a Battle of the Bands for local music groups, to benefit local charities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering at the theatre for a few years now. I am always made to feel very appreciated.

As a movie-goer, I love the selection of movies and the different programs (Classics, Documentaries, kids shows, etc.). It is a great family place!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Both as a volunteer and a patron.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. They are great.

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