A 100-Year-Old Theatre in Maine Says ‘So Long’ With Free Admission to 71 Movies
It's not exactly a huge secret that the movie industry is currently struggling. Part of the problem is the long-lasting effects of the pandemic, which have slowed or halted production on dozens of movies and caused a lull in film releases throughout 2022. Another issue is how people's habits in consuming movies has changed, with the comfort of home and the convenience of streaming services become preferential. It has led to many theaters closing nationwide as a pure business decision, but for others, like the Colonial Theatre in Belfast, it's simply time for the owners to move on.
The Colonial Theatre has been up for sale for a while now, and the current owners plan to "pause" operations officially on September 19. The owners hope that at some point in time, a new owner will bring their vision and passion to the more-than-a-century old theater. However, before their time is up running the Colonial, the theater will host an incredible movie marathon over the course of 10 days, featuring some of the most incredible blockbusters of the last several decades. The best part? All these showings are completely free.
The farewell kicks off on Friday, September 8 and extends through Sunday, September 18. The Colonial Theatre plans to show classics like Casablanca, Titanic, Alien, Forrest Gump, and Star Wars throughout their 10-day event. There will also be some cult favorites like The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Princess Bride, and more. You can see a full schedule of dates and times for every movie here.