January 19, 1916
WILL REOPEN THE COLONIAL
Mrs. Caroline Fuller Nutting Buys Lease From Elmer Spafford
Plans for putting the Colonial theater building on West street
in a better condition, including a complete renovation of the
place, a change in management and the reopening of the
theater as a motion picture house of the first type, have been
perfected by Mrs. Caroline Fuller Nutting, part owner of the
building, who has purchased the lease of Elmer Spafford,
who, because of poor business conditions, was forced to
close the doors of the amusement place about a month ago.
Already a number of men and women are at work cleaning
the theater floor and the dance hall on the second story.
Mrs. Nutting has considerable experience in the
management of the place and she is a joint owner of the
building with Philip Lyons.
In speaking of her plans yesterday, Mrs. Nutting said:-
"The place has been allowed to run down for several weeks,
but it has come to a halt. I intend cleaning the theater,
painting and varnishing and probably by the end of next week
I will be ready to open a first class 5 cent picture house, with
no vaudeville. I have not yet decided as to the line of films to
be shown, but they will be the best I can buy.
"The dance floor will also be cleaned. The hall will be leased
only to responsible parties and at every dance Special Officer
John F. Maloney will be on the door. Reports which have
reached me are far from conducive to a first class dance hall,
but all this will be stopped at once."
The Colonial has had a rather troublesome career for the last
few months. The lease was purchased by Thomas W.
McKay, manager of the Grand theater, and he later sold it to
Elmer Spafford of Gassetts, who placed his son and daughter
in charge. Mr. McKay still has a $1000 note and on which
suit will be brought within a short time.
Mr. Spafford, who never had any experience in the motion
picture game, was forced to close the house a month ago
and it has been opened but once since. The dance hall has
been leased many times and the bookings for this end of the
building were big up to June. These will be all changed over
into Mrs. Nutting's name and arrangements have been made
so the old bookings will hold over.
Mrs. Nutting has not decided upon her staff of employees as
yet. Miss Genie Kennedy of Pine street will play the piano.