About

Located in the heart of The White Mountains in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, the historic Colonial Theatre is one of the oldest continuously operated movie theaters in the country. When The Colonial opened its doors in 1915, the era of the Grand Hotels was in full swing and Bethlehem was a premier destination resort. Because of its sophisticated clientele The Colonial quickly became a venue for studios to test market their films. With its rich history The Colonial remains one of the remaining links to the era of the Grand Hotels as well as a significant chapter in the history of the film industry.

Now, after a series of renovations and improvements, the 300-seat Colonial offers state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound for independent and world cinema, hosts Grammy award-winning performing artists, family entertainment, and community events from May through October—all without losing the intimate charm of a vintage summer theater.

The Colonial Theatre is on NH registry of historic places and was named “Best Vintage Movie Theatre” by Yankee Magazine.

 


Be Part of It!

The Colonial Theatre is dedicated to presenting a diverse program of live world-class music, independent, world and event cinema, fun-filled family entertainment, supporting other community and arts non-profits that enhance the quality of North Country life. Our success in saving and improving this historic landmark, attracting audiences to Bethlehem’s Main Street, and presenting formerly unavailable arts and culture to the White Mountain region as a whole has made The Colonial a model for rural small town economic and community development.

The Theatre is continually upgrading and improving this 100+ year-old facility. Our continued success would be impossible without the broad support of individuals and businesses across the spectrum. The Colonial is a non-profit organization managed by a full-time executive director, a seasonal house manager, contracted lighting, sound, and marketing professionals, a volunteer board of directors, and a dedicated group of community volunteers who serve up popcorn, run the projector and contribute a host of other important services. Your membership enables us to continue maintaining and expanding our facilities, sound system, lighting, and expand our innovative programming to better serve our community — and we couldn’t do it without your support. Become a member now and Be Part of It!