On Saturday, May 4, the newly renovated Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, NH will open for its 104th consecutive season with more movies, more music, and more fun than ever before.

The 2019 season blasts off with a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Apollo 11 chronicles the making of the mission to land on the moon led by Commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins and features never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity's greatest accomplishments.

This year’s LIVE! at The Colonial performance series kicks off with a solo performance by 20 time Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Metheny’s versatility is nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie and won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for Still Life (Talking), Letter from Home, and Secret Story. His 20 Grammy Awards are in 12 different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.

Following Metheny on stage is an expanded roster of established and exciting emerging touring artists including: Natalie Merchant, Bela Fleck and Abagail Washburn, Ghost of Paul Revere, Bombino, The War & Treaty, Hot Sardines, Quebe Sisters, Gangstagrass, Iris Dement, Anais Mitchell, Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra concluding with a Halloween Bash with Kat Wright. In addition this summer The Colonial will host The Capitol Steps, a troupe of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them and the ever popular Summer Children’s Series in July and August.

As always The Colonial will feature the very the best of independent and world cinema. This season The Colonial will be presenting more great film specials than ever before! Adding to the popular Manhattan Short Film Festival and White Mountain Jewish Film Festival, REEL Outdoors Series launches with REEL ROCK 13 a collection of this year’s best climbing films. Festival Fridays commences with Cat Video Fest (in partnership with Second Chance Animal Rescue). What better way for us humans to come together than by watching cats? And that’s not all. Continuing will be the Anniversary Film Series, classic features with significant birthdays, Curtain Call Films; a series music related films in all genres from punk to opera, and Spotlight Films, overlooked gems that deserve more attention. New series this season includes: Exhibition on Screen, films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, opening with Van Gogh & Japan in June, and In Her Image, a series that will revisit some of the acclaimed and (no surprise) overlooked achievements by women directors of the last 100 years. As always, you can purchase fine chocolates, organic popcorn with real butter, and beer and wine at all movies and live events.

The mission of the Friends of the Colonial is to preserve and improve this historic landmark theatre; provide previously unavailable high quality film and performing arts programming; support other community organizations that work toward an improved quality of life for our residents; and offer vision of small town revitalization based on the arts. To learn more about upcoming movies and events, buy tickets, become a member, register to receive The Colonial’s weekly e-Announcements, or just find out how you can help, please visit or find The Colonial on # # #