Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ASSOCIATION FOR THE COLONIAL THEATRE

aka ACT, The Colonial Theatre

Phoenixville, PA

Mission

Our mission is to nurture community by celebrating the power of film and the performing arts to entertain, inform and reveal meaning.

Ruling Year

1996

Executive Director

Ken L. Metzner Esq.

Main Address

PO Box 712

Phoenixville, PA 19460 USA

Keywords

independent film, arthouse film, documentary film, concerts, historic restoration and community revitalization, children's programs, classic film, historic preservation, arts and cultural

EIN

23-2846336

 Number

5068223142

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts (A60)

Film, Video (A31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT) was founded in 1999 to own, preserve, and maintain the historic 'Colonial Opera House', which was built in 1902 in the former steel town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The Colonial Theatre is the last surviving of several theatres that once operated in the Borough, which is located outside Philadelphia. In its early days, the Colonial was home to live stage shows and musical acts, as well as appearances by Harry Houdini, a lion, and Mary Pickford. Cinephiles know that the Colonial also played a memorable role in cinema history as a setting for the 1958 sci-fi and cult classic, The Blob, starring Steven McQueen. An iconic historic landmark, the Colonial has also been a catalyst for the Borough of Phoenixville's economic revitalization and re-development following the closure of its major employer, Phoenix Steel Company, in the early 80s. Today, the thriving Philadelphia suburb is among the most sought after neighborhoods in the region.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Colonial Theatre Programs

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Total number of audience members

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Describes the total number of people attending arts and culture programs (film, concerts, and events) at the Colonial Theatre.

Total number of free admissions

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General/Unspecified

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Holding steady

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Through donations and grants, we are able to distribute free film and event passes. Number includes the total number of children and caretakers who attended Young Audiences summer live concerts.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Holding steady

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Nonprofits and social services organizations regularly use the Colonial Theatre to deliver special film programs or events.

Total number of patrons and members attending film screenings.

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General/Unspecified

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Holding steady

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Number of patrons and members who attended film screenings (all genres).

Total number of patrons and members attending concerts.

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General/Unspecified

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Holding steady

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Number of patrons and members who attended live concerts or comedy shows.

Number of screenings or events produced or hosted.

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General/Unspecified

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Total number of film screenings, concerts, and special events.

Total pounds of popcorn.

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General/Unspecified

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Total pounds of popcorn served at the Colonial Theatre.

Number of craft beers (draft) served.

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Population(s) served

Adults,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Number of draft, craft beers served at the Colonial Theatre.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission is to nurture community by celebrating the power of film and the performing arts to entertain, inform and reveal meaning. We believe: …that the stories conjured by film and the live arts enrich our lives and equip us to navigate a complex world; …that a shared theater-going experience transforms us and the way we see each other; …that a healthy dose of the off-beat stirs the soul; …that by animating historic spaces we enliven a touchstone for community identity; …that artful collaborations build a more resilient future for all; and …that everyone should be able to experience the arts.

The staff and board are currently (as of Jan 2020) working on a strategic plan that will articulate organizational and operational goals.

The Colonial Theatre consists of two historic buildings joined at the lobby and backstage: the original 1903 Colonial Theatre and the c. 1925 Bank of Phoenixville Building. Film and live concerts are offered in each of three theatres: the historic 1903 auditorium (seats 658); White Rabbit Theatre (seats 175); and Berry Theatre (seats 65). A thirty-foot long concession with bar serves patrons traditional concessions, beer and wine. The Colonial Theatre's annual programs consist of: -Daily independent, classic, and art films presented in digital and 35mm formats. Series' include Classic, Cult, and Fright Night. - Special film series like Edible Cinema, Illuminating Cinema and the Sparks Project. -Young Audiences live concerts. -Science on Screen®. Engaging films paired with thematic lectures delivered by scientists working in fields related to film content. Made possible through a generous annual grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. -Live concerts. Musical, comedy, and theatrical performance presented in partnership with Point Entertainment. -Theatre organ concerts. The Colonial's rare Wurlitzer Opus 585 Organ is owned and operated by the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV). The organ is showcased in live concerts and provides accompaniment to silent films. -BlobFest. Celebrating our unique history and reinforcing our community's sense of place for 18 years. -Public event rentals. Local nonprofit organizations and groups like Firebird Children's Theatre regularly utilize the theatre's stage, auditorium, and small screening/meeting room to meet their program needs. -Special events, including an annual celebration of member-supporter cinema. -Historic Colonial Theatre tours. Free to visitors with a reservation every other Sunday. Past programming has included TEDxPhoenixville, Indie Lens Pop-up (WHYY), and Royal Opera House presentations. Kehillah of Chester County hosts an annual Summer Shorts Jewish Film Festival at the Colonial. From time to time, the Colonial also partners with area nonprofits to deliver documentaries with panel discussions. In addition to the varied program-related partnerships identified above, the Colonial is a member of the Phoenixville Community Coalition; the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce; the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT); Arthouse Convergence; and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). The Colonial is a 501c3 nonprofit organization supported through a mix of earned income (ticket sales, concessions, film sponsorships) and contributions (membership, grants, events, other gifts). Charity Navigator has awarded the Colonial Theatre with its 4-star rating annually (2015-2017): the highest available and a mark of our organization's efficiency and fiscal responsibility.

See our data points.

Film programming and variety have increased significantly in just the last year due to the Colonial Theatre's building expansion.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we have so many programs that we could endlessly seek feedback..

External Reviews

Accreditations

Charity Navigator Four Star Charity 2016

Affiliations & Memberships

Grand Jury Award, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia 2018

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No