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Donations of $500 and up will be acknowledged on a special wall and in the yearly program for five years

A printable form for multi-year pledges or those who wish to mail in their donation

Donations of $1500 and up may be fulfilled with recurring payments

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The Next Act Capital Campaign – Setting the stage for the next 100 years


the Colonial Theatre is the Monadnock Region’s preeminent performing arts center and niche film venue, and a key component in the economic engine of downtown Keene and the surrounding area.

But maintaining a building that is 98 years old, and managing a structure that hosts thousands of people twelve months a year is a never-ending challenge. In addition:

• Production and technological demands of the performing arts in 2021 are dramatically different from 98 years ago.

• Patrons’ and performers’ comfort and accessibility are concerns as The Colonial strives to attract the best artists, exceed patrons’ expectations, and deliver even better arts programming for current and new audiences.

• The Colonial Theatre’s programming has historically been defined by the physical limitations of a theatre which was originally designed for vaudeville productions and film. Today our Theatre is simply unable to host certain performances.

Our Vision…

is to grow The Colonial Theatre into a world-class Performing Arts Center offering expanded opportunities and greater accessibility to performers, audiences and students.

The Colonial Theatre Group started working with Weller and Michal Architects in 2013 to secure a conceptual vision of how to address the strategies supporting the implementation of a new strategic plan, elements of which have already been under discussion for several years. When our vision is realized in early 2022, renovations and enhancements will allow us to serve an additional 10,000 clients, making the total traffic to the historical theatre in excess of 60,000 patrons annually — and greatly enhancing the cultural appeal of the Monadnock Region.

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Expanded Outer Lobby


Dedicated Ticketing with ADA Acess


Concessions and Patron Lounge


SHOWROOM, Opening 2021

Our Vision includes:

• Renovation of our inner and outer lobbies to create a spacious ticket lobby, patron lounge and dedicated concessions area.

• Interior renovations to create larger restrooms in the main lobby and new restrooms on the second level.

• Crucial enhancements to our stage and backstage area, including the incorporation of new rigging and staging technologies, creation of an artist lounge area and new, contemporary dressing rooms – all of which will help attract world-class performers and performances to our venue.

• Improvements to our administrative space

• Increased energy efficiency — including a renewable energy source — with all-new primary heating and air conditioning systems, replacement of all exterior windows and doors, and LED source lighting upgrades.

• SHOWROOM — an intimate, flexible space, tailored for emerging artists, local performers, educational programming, and most importantly, artists who appeal to a younger demographic. We worked with Daniel V. Scully Architects to renovate the property at 20 Commercial Street. Renovations were completed first quarter of 2021 and SHOWROOM is ready to open when Covid permits.

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