The Colonial Theatre in Canton was the first structure built specifically to house a modern motion picture facility.¬†It opened on June 6, 1932 and it became the focus in Canton‚Äôs social life through the 1960‚Äôs.
The Colonial Theatre was purchased by the Town of Canton in 1998 and fully restored to its earlier grandeur with its gable roofline and Colonial Revival Style.¬†Many of the building‚Äôs original interior and exterior features have been preserved, such as the original swirled stucco walls, ceiling medallion and antique light fixtures.
Today, the theatre‚Äôs grand vintage stage hosts many conferences, concerts, stage and theatrical productions, weddings, receptions, and corporate meetings.¬†Backstage are restrooms, dressing rooms and more.¬†The center is now fully furnished with state of the art equipment that includes 35mm movie and electronic projection equipment and screens for feature films, digital surround sound, CD, VCR and DVD players.
The auditorium has 347 seats, including a balcony.¬†The theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2000 as building #00000226.
Canton‚Äôs best-kept secret is out now, as companies line up to hold events at this beautiful historic setting.¬†The annex, Veterans Corner, boasts a large room that can accommodate 80 people and includes a full service commercial kitchen with generous sinks, refrigerator, ice machine and other amenities.
Parking is adjacent to the Colonial Theatre and across the street in the municipal lot.¬†Additional information, including costs and scheduling, may be obtained by contacting DeAna Flynn at (828) 648-2363.
Architects are listed as Benton & Benton.
Style is Colonial Revival
55-57 Park Street
Canton, North Carolina 28716