Augusta Colonial Theater Casting Call

Augusta Colonial Theater Casting Call

Do you have memories of the Colonial back in the 60’s, 50’s or earlier?

Do you have old Colonial photos. ticket stubs or other memorabilia?

Would you be willing to share your story on (or off) camera?


We’re documenting the special role the historic Colonial Theater played in Augusta’s history and we want to hear YOUR story.  Our goal is to compile a short film and a number of short videos to document community memories – YOUR memories.

Won’t you please be part of the story, to document this piece of history?

Use your phone camera to scan the QR code embedded in the image or click on this link to fill out the interest form:

click here for the Casting Call Interest Form  

We also have returnable postcards at various businesses along Water Street.

If you’d like more information, please e-mail and we’ll e-mail back or call if you leave your number.

There is no deadline at this time, per se, as we will schedule filming based on the responses we receive.  We do, however, anticipate doing some filming in the Fall of 2023 and Spring of 2024.

Thank you so much for your interest in this exciting project.

Kennebec Historical Society Features ACT’s Silent Movie Festival

Kennebec Historical Society Features ACT’s Silent Movie Festival


The recent Augusta Colonial Theater‘s Silent Movie Festival was featured in the July-August 2023 issue of Kennebec Current, a publication of the Kennebec Historical Society – click the link HERE to read the full article on pages 8-9.

Thank you so much Kennebec Historical Society for highlighting this labor of love brought to us by local film restoration aficionado Ed Lorusso of Belgrade.  The Augusta Colonial Theater was honored to partner with Lorusso to bring these important time capsules from Maine’s history back into the historic venue where many originally premiered!

In the News … Maine Silent Movie Festival Something to Talk About

In the News … Maine Silent Movie Festival Something to Talk About

Both the Kennebec Journal and Sun Journal  featured the Colonial Theater’s upcoming Silent Movie Festival.  See the June 11, 2023 Kennebec Journal link below to read the article in its entirety, see photos, and even a short movie clip.

Maine silent movie festival something to talk about

Century-old moving pictures filmed in Maine to be shown at Augusta’s historic theater next weekend, among them several involving Auburn’s Holman Day.


An advertising card for the June 16 and 17 Silent Film Festival displayed in front of the Colonial Theater on Water Street in Augusta where the movies will be shown. Steve Collins/Sun Journal

AUGUSTA — In the early days of movies, when the spotlight had not yet firmly focused on Hollywood, film crews sometimes settled in unlikely places to make moving pictures.

They made cowboy flicks in Philadelphia, dramas in Ithaca, New York, and “north woods” stories in Maine.

Eleven black-and-white movies shot in the Pine Tree State between 1910 and 1925 will be featured at the Silent Film Festival next weekend at the historic Colonial Theater in Augusta.

Six of them were made nearby, featuring scenes in Augusta, the Belgrade Lakes, the Kennebec River and nearby forests. One even cast former Gov. Percival Baxter in a bit part after he grew curious watching some moviemaking taking place next door to the Blaine House.

“I tried to do as many Maine-oriented films as possible,” said festival organizer Edward Lorusso of Belgrade, a film historian, writer, producer and composer who gathered the movies for the festival.

The Augusta area films “are coming back to the theater where they probably made their debut,” Lorusso said.

To continue reading the article in its entirety, see photos, and even a short movie clip, see the June 11, 2023 Kennebec Journal’s link below:

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Maine “North Woods” Stories

Between 1919 and 1921, Augusta saw a flurry of filmmaking thanks to a former cowboy star and a writer from Vassalboro.

Edgar Jones had spent a good portion of the early 1910s as a Western star for the Lubin Manufacturing Company, a movie studio in Philadelphia that closed down in 1916. Jones eventually came to Augusta to form his own movie studio and brought with him a stock company of actors and a movie crew. By 1919 he started to churn out the 2-reelers (which ran 20-30 minutes) he called “North Woods” stories. For most of the close to 40 films, Jones starred in as well as directed and produced them.

He eventually brought in Holman Day to write and adapt his popular Maine stories for the movies. Eventually Day ousted Jones from the company with the backing of local businessmen and took over production, changing the company’s name from Edgar Jones Productions to Holman Day Productions. Jones and most of his company left Maine, but Day was not a businessman and ran the company into bankruptcy within a year.

Six films from this period are known to survive … four from Jones and two from Day … and they are remarkable. Along with highlighting Augusta, Belgrade, local lakes and forests, and the Kennebec River, these films have solid stories, good acting, and surprisingly good production values. The films take full advantage of the area’s natural scenic beauty as well as all four seasons.

Of the actors who appear in the surviving movies, film buffs will likely be familiar with Evelyn Brent and Mary Astor, but others like Huntley Gordon, Ben Hendricks, Bradley Barker, and Carlton Brickert continued their careers well into the talkie era. Even the forgotten Edna May Sperl had a career beyond Maine.