After more than a dozen years of exhaustive research by a team of dedicated authors, the History of the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been published in both hardcover and paperback editions. Copies of the 524 page, beautifully illustrated hardcover edition have been donated to the Athenaeum by the authors, the late Anne Everest Wojtkowski, Robert M. Boland, Jeffry Alan Bradway and William F. Munn, and are available for use in the Local History Department. Circulating copies of the paperback edition are available for patrons to checkout.
From the Introduction:
“This book tells the unusual story of how and why the Colonial Theatre came to be built in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1903 and also of the unique set of circumstances that allowed it to survive the onslaught of movies, television, urban renewal and all the other threats to its existence from twentieth century events. …. The Colonial Theatre stands today as a survivor of times long gone by – a reminder of the people who built it, performed in it, and preserved it. This book tells the story of this remarkable structure.”