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Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

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#6 of 10 in Nightlife in Berkshires
Theater · Concert / Show
The Colonial Theatre is located at 111 South Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Built in 1903, the theater was host to many theater greats including George M. Cohan, Sara Bernhardt, John Barrymore, Eubie Blake, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Billie Burke, John Phillips Sousa and the Ziegfeld Follies.

The theater was designed by Pittsfield architect Joseph McArthur Vance along with J.B. McElfatrick. Its ornate turn-of-the 20th century interior has been well preserved by its various owners.

Although the theater was closed in 1951, its grandeur had been protected through the years by George Miller and his son, Steven. Miller preserved many features of the Colonial during its conversion from a theater to the Miller's Art Supply Store, making it possible to eventually restore the theater back to its earlier grandeur, a process documented in photographer Nicholas Whitman's The Colonial Theatre: A Pittsfield Resurrection.
The Colonial Theatre was named by First Lady Hillary Clinton as a National Historic Treasure in 1998, who would later visit the theatre as a U.S. Senator in 2000.

Following this announcement, the community invested more than $22 million to refurbish the 100-year-old Colonial Theatre, one of the only theaters of its kind from the Vaudeville age, described as the "one of the finest acoustical theaters in the world."

The Colonial Theatre Restoration completed work in 2006 and it is now open to the public.

Many notable performers have since graced the stage, including James Taylor, the Lovin' Spoonful, and other musical and theater acts.

A visit to Colonial Theatre represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Pittsfield route website to plot your vacation.
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  • The venue itself is beautiful. Intricate carvings on the balcony. The front row is literally at the foot of the stage, which was great for watching a comedian. Parking is a bit challenging.  more »
  • We had the good fortune to hear another great performance by Hershey Felder in this gorgeous theater. What a treat!  more »
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  • An amazing building and an amazing place to catch a show. I think they could definitely get a better variety of acts to grace the stage
  • Spectacular place to watch a show. A theater from another era. Beautiful and ornate. Not a bad seat in the house.

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