The historic Peoples Bank Theatre has been a major force in the cultural scene of Marietta, Ohio, for generations. Opened May 9, 1919, as the new Hippodrome Theatre and later renovated and renamed as The Colony Theatre in 1949, Peoples Bank Theatre today hosts the widest variety of live entertainment in the region in a beautifully renovated 940-seat facility, located at Putnam and Third streets in the heart of historic downtown Marietta.
Peoples Bank Theatre is a member of the League of Historic American Theaters and is a significant part of our community’s history. Now a vibrant and versatile venue for performing arts and community events, Peoples Bank Theatre is a vital contributor to the Mid-Ohio Valley’s present and future quality of life and is an economic driver for the region. As a nonprofit theater with a commitment to accessibility and excellence, Peoples Bank Theatre must rely on the support of donors, foundations and corporations to further its mission and bring the highest quality arts and educational programs to our citizens, while maintaining reasonable ticket prices and keeping rental rates affordable for our community’s many nonprofit arts organizations.
The management of the theatre and its preservation is led by the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more than a decade, the HCHTA worked to restore the theatre to its early 20th century splendor. With the $7.5 million restoration project complete, Peoples Bank Theatre reopened its doors on January 8, 2016 with a full schedule of concerts, theatrical performances and film events.
You can support the work of HCHTA and the preservation of Peoples Bank Theatre as a volunteer, by becoming a member of Peoples Bank Theatre, sponsoring one or more reproductions of our 1920s-era seats, or sponsoring a part of the theatre itself.