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The Colonial Theatre presents three free Reflection Series films for Fall Festival

The Colonial Theatre is proud to partner with the Keene Public Library in bringing back for a second time FREE public screenings of three of the Reflections Film Series. The Reflections project, launched in the fall of 2007, is a collaborative oral history production involving Cheshire Television, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, The Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, the Keene Public Library, the Keene Sentinel and Keene State College.image008

Trolleys, Trains and Flyers, Rail Travel in the Monadnock Region: Stories from Keene residents who remember the days when Keene was a railroad center. Interviews with Ernest L. Bell, Sally Bell, Donald Carle, Philip H. Faulkner, Jr., Judy Hall, Margaret Hanrahan, Robert Hardy, George Kingsbury, Harold Larro, David Proper, Betty Ripley, Norma Slanetz, and Maurice Whitney. Written by John Harris and James Rousmaniere, Jr.; edited by Lee Perkins, narrated by Guy MacMillin. Screened at Noon and 3:20pm. Run time: 55 minutes

image001-1The Great Hurricane of 1938 (in Keene): Keene residents who experienced the hurricane which struck Keene, NH on Sept. 21, 1938 share their stories in a series of interviews. This film includes historic film footage and photographs at the scene, as well as photographs taken before and after the event. Interviews conducted with Donald Carle, Dorothy Davis, Frederick and Janet Doolittle, Clarence Faulkner, James Fletcher, Jr., Robert hardy, George Kingsbury, Harold Larro, Betty Ripley, and Maurice Whitney.  Edited by Lee Perkins, Narrated by Guy MacMillin. Screened at:  1:05pm and 4:25pm. Run time: 55 minutes


image004Flannels to Fuses:  Textile Mills in the Monadnock Region: For over 100 years, textile mills were the foundation of the industrial economy in the Monadnock region. These were the cotton and woolen mills located at various sites such as Harrisville, Jaffrey, Troy and Keene. This film traces the history of the textile mills, and features reflections of local residents who recall the sounds of power looms and their great impact on the region. Interviews with Ernest L. Bell III, John Colony III, Joseph Descoteaux, Ray Eaves, John Faulkner, Joslin Kimball Frank, Polly Kendall, George Kingsbury, Jean Lane, Emile Legere, David Proper, Rita Rathburn and Marjorie Willimas. Written by Rose Kundanis and Melinda Marie Jette; edited by Lee Perkins. Screened at 2:10pm and 5:30pm. Run time: 60 minutes

Our Beloved Keene Community

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United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH
11:00 am (1hr, 20 minutes in length)

Local actors and singers from the Keene Community and Keene State College perform a selected reading from the book “Witness” by Karen Hesse of Brattleboro, VT. The Chamber Singers of Keene and children from Franklin Elementary School will complement the reading with appropriate music. This short story features characters in an unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924 – a town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially not the two youngest:  twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.

Brought to you by:

  • Keene State College, Dottie Morris
  • The Colonial Theatre, Vicky Pittman
  • Benjamin Franklin School, Melanie Everard
  • Chamber Singers of Keene, Matthew Leese

We are Healthy Organizational Champion of the Month!

unnamed (2)The Colonial Theatre is the Healthy Organizational Champion of the Month for Healthy Monadnock!

“How about some organic popcorn with that movie or show? We give The Colonial Theatre a standing ovation and Healthy Organizational Champion of the month for switching to using non-GMO oil and organic popcorn in their concessions. In addition to making their concessions healthier, The Colonial Theatre is supporting a local business by purchasing these new items from The Monadnock Co-op. This switch will begin on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30pm at their Annual Meeting – onstage at the theatre! If you’d like to come, RSVP to Eric V. Weisenberger at by September 9th.

That’s not all! You will see signage inside the building reminding visitors that the establishment is tobacco and smoke free. Staff members of the Colonial Theatre know that many of their customers are children and they want to discourage tobacco use and send the message that we all breathe easier in smoke free environments. ”

The Colonial Is Hiring!

Available Positions: Box Office Lead, Front of House Staff

Box Office Lead: Responsibilities include participation in all activities directly related to ticket and membership sales, as well as the ability to maintain the Box Office in the condition necessary to deliver the desired quality of service. This position is considered the “Active Manager” for any shift where the Director of Audience Services is not present. The box office lead will work all live events and all Colonial functions.

This is a part time position, approximately 30 hours per week. Open availability is preferred.

Must be at least 18 years of age. High school diploma or equivalent. Customer service experience is required. Computer capabilities needed. Punctuality, self-direction, and attention to detail desired. Experience in sales a plus.

Send resumes and contact information for three references to


Positions are available for part-time work in Front of House in Concessions and Box Office. Customer service and cash handling experience is desired, as well as a familiarity with computers.  Evening and weekend availability required. Pick up an application at the Box Office or drop off your resume.

Two New Music Shows

We’ve just added two new shows — a little bit of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll!

Friday, May 13, 2016  |  8 PM

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Long heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars, Clint Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, and is a five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner. His critically acclaimed 1989 debut album Killin’ Time was named one the 100 greatest albums in country music by CMT; his 1990 follow-up, Put Yourself in My Shoes, quickly went triple platinum. Since then, he has had nearly two dozen #1 hit singles and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits. One of the most successful artists in the history of American music, he has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

Tickets: $67/$63/$49

On-Sale Ticket Info:

Colonial MembersFriday, November 6 at noon
Non-membersFriday, November 20 at noon


Friday, April 22, 2016 |  8 PM

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Get the Led Out 3From the bombastic and the epic, to the folky and the mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and delivers it live like you’ve never heard it before! Utilizing a multi-instrumental approach, GTLO re-creates Led Zeppelin songs in all of their depth and glory, delivering a high-energy concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed “the American Led Zeppelin,” GTLO mimics the light and shade that are the embodiment of The Mighty Zep. Featuring Zeppelin’s famed blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems delivered with passion and fury — and an attention to detail and nuance — Get The Led Out performances are a truly awe-inspiring musical experience.
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Support for the 2015/16 season is provided in part by Hamblet Electric, LLC

Tickets: $39/$35

On-Sale Ticket Info:

Colonial Members: Friday, November 6 at noon
Non-membersFriday, November 20 at noon