We cherish The Colonial Theatre in nearby Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Nestled north of Franconia Notch, the historic Colonial is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theatres in the country. It opened for business July 1, 1915 featuring Cecil B. DeMille’s The Girl of The Golden West.
Today, it’s also a rich cultural center that is almost exclusively volunteer run. For locals, recent transplants, and visitors to the North Country, the Colonial hosts domestic and foreign films, live performances, film festivals, and children’s theatre workshops.
When you attend a live event, the theatre’s connection to the community is evident. In the summer, concertgoers linger out on the patio and catch up with old friends.
At movie showings, the popcorn is organic and freshly popped each night (with real melted butter), and you can doctor it up as you like. On chilly nights, or when you’d just like to get cozy while watching a movie, you can wrap yourself in one of our fleece blankets. Where else can you do that?
In 2001, Friends of The Colonial was formed, with the goal of bringing the theatre into modern times. Since then they have upgraded to a digital projector and amazing sound system, and completed the first stage of significant renovations that will serve the theatre well into the future.
The project is in its final phase, and the theatre is inviting the community to help support the Arts in northern New Hampshire.
The Colonial Theatre is a treasure in northern New Hampshire, a rural area where cultural activities are limited. It’s a meeting place where friends and family can enjoy listening to live music or watching a film in a casual setting.