Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


129-131 Market, Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 1953* - 10/1974*
Performance Types movies
Capacity 1100
Racial Policy
DescriptionThe Colony was the new name given the Carolina Theater in 1953 when Carl C. Dobbins took over as its proprietor. The Colony was located on Market Street in downtown Wilmington at the corner of Second Street. The theater had been built as the Victoria Theatre in 1914.
Building NotesDescribed as the "ultimate in motion picture architecture- which might be called Hollywood Gothic, with every known school of architecture represented in its rococo surroundings." The building was torn down in April, 1975.
Associated Persons
Dobbins, Carl C. proprietor (1953*)
Associated Organizations
Stewart-Everett Theaters, Inc. unknown

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Colony is Closed - Theatre Began as the Victoria - No Plans For Old Structure
    Wilmington Star - 10/31/1974
    Tags: actualities; alias; architect; band or orchestra; closing; company; feature film; film title; hotel; manager; name change; renovation; re-opening; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville
  2. The Colony Comes Down - Victoria - alias
    Wilmington Star - 4/24/1975
    Tags: alias; architect; company; feature film; film title; manager; name change; renovation; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville
  3. Projectionist Recalls Early Theatre
    The Hanover Sun - 5/7/1975
    Tags: concessions; name change; projectionist; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville