Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Pittsfield, MA

Over its 110-year history, the Colonial Theatre has hosted everyone from Sarah Bernhardt to James Taylor. From 1951 until about 2000 the theater served as a paint and art supply retail store. Ironically, being used as an art supply store helped to preserve the balconies and elaborate finishes because the owners installed a drop ceiling that protected some of the decoration.

During this historic restoration project, EverGreene completed a paint analysis with exposure windows and stenciling documentation along with extensive archival research. Our artists designed new, historically appropriate stencils and murals, and restored the entirety of the theater’s gilding, polychromy, and painted surfaces.