After 43 years in operation, the Colony Theater is scheduled to close on December 17, one month from now.
There is no word yet about what will happen to the theater’s space, which is located on Six Forks Road in north Raleigh, so many folks are hoping that somebody will step up to buy the property and continue its run as a 2-screen cinema.
Whether or not that happens, there are still four weeks left of screenings left at the Colony, and they have a great closing roster lined up.
Currently, the Colony is showing James Vanderbilt’s Rathergate drama “Truth,” starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; S. Craig Zahler’s scary western “Bone Tomahawk,” starring Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, and Patrick Wilson, and the new restoration of Carol Reed’s 1949 film noir classic “The Third Man,” starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles.
After “Truth” and “Bone Tomahawk” end their runs on Thursday night, on Friday the Colony will pick up Sarah Gavron’s historical drama “Suffragette,” starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, and Helena Bonham Carter (plus a glorified cameo by Meryl Streep).
“Suffragette” is moving from the Colony’s sister theater, The Rialto, as Thomas McCarthy’s acclaimed journalism drama “Spotlight,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, opens there on Friday, November 20.
The week of Thanksgiving, on November 25th, the Colony is opening John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson, and Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” (another historical drama), starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, and Helen Mirren.
The Colony’s revival series have some notable screenings scheduled as well. On Wednesday, November 18, The Cool Classics series will present an encore screening of Rob Reiner’s much loved 1987 rom-com “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin, at 7:30.
On Wednesday evening, December 2nd, the final installment of the Golden Age series to take place at the Colony, will be Victor Fleming’s immortal 1939 fantasy adventure musical “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, and Ray Bolger.
The 6-year old series Cinema Overdrive, which specializes in “the very best in cult, exploitation and gonzo action cinema” has got a great selection set for their final presentation at the Colony: John Carpenter’s 1974 debut “Dark Star,” starring Dan O’Bannon, Dre Pahich, and Brian Narelle.
And finally, the last revival screening at the Colony before they close the doors is a real doozy: John McTiernan’s 1988 action classic “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis as the iconic cop John McClane. It’s a fitting, crowd-pleasing finale for the series at the location, and as it takes place on the day before the theater closes – Wednesday, December 16 – it should be quite the event.
The Cool Classics, Golden Age, and Cinema Overdrive series will move to the Rialto Theater starting in January, 2016.
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