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The Colonial Theatre

Historic photo of the outside of the Colonial Theatre, featuring one side of Railroad Street in North Canaan.

The Colonial Theatre has stood proud in North Cannan, Connecticut for one hundred years. When it first opened its doors in 1923, it was known as “The Casino.” The Casino was a one-stop entertainment center, offering daily movies, ten-pin bowling, and a second floor ballroom. It hosted civic events like high school graduations and award ceremonies, in addition to roving entertainment acts and local productions.


In 1929, The Casino was bought by businessman Anthony Boscardin, who modernized the building, changed its name, and created the red-damask, art-deco interior that The Colonial Theatre is still known for today. Changing times made it difficult for the theatre to stay profitable and in 1997 it eventually closed its doors. The Colonial sat shuttered for a number of years until it underwent a million dollar renovation and refitting as a dinner theatre in the early aughts. Unfortunately this reiteration only lasted until 2010 when the theatre doors were closed once again.

In April 2023, one hundred years after it first opened, The Colonial Theatre was reopened by the Mallett and Fiorillo families of Salisbury, CT. We are honored to usher The Colonial Theatre into this new chapter and eagerly invite members of the Litchfield Hills and Southern Berkshires communities to partner with us in this endeavor. We envision The Colonial once again taking its place as the cultural hub of North Cannan. 

Our multi-use event spaces feature flexible floorplans, making them the perfect choice for a diverse array of entertainment as well as civic and private events. We eagerly seek bookings and partnerships for various occasions, such as:

Live Music Performances

Private Movie Screenings

Corporate Events (Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Meetings)

Dance Performances

Comedy Shows

Film Festivals

Charity Galas

Graduation Ceremonies

Awards Ceremonies

Family Events (Reunions, Birthday Parties)

Cultural Festivals

Book Readings/Author Events

Educational Workshops

Talent Shows

Sports Events (Viewing Parties, Awards Nights)

Art and Craft Fairs

Poetry Readings/Slams

Gaming Tournaments

Literary Festivals

Art Workshops

Magic Shows

Pre-Release Film Screenings 

Non-Profit Fundraising

Speaker Events

Support The Colonial Theatre

The Colonial Theatre celebrated its centennial year in 2023! We are proud to be ushering this historic landmark into a new era, but as you can imagine, caring for a one hundred-year-old building comes with a long list of needed restorations and updates. Please consider donating to our historic building improvements fund to help us keep The Colonial Theatre a proud North Canaan landmark for another century (and more)! First on our list? Beautifying the ballroom with a fresh coat of paint and fixing the second-floor A/C unit.

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