AUGUSTA – The Augusta Colonial Theater today announced the promotion of Cathy Milojevic-Kaey to Interim Executive Director. Milojevic-Kaey takes over the position from Kathi Wall who served as the Executive Director for four years.
“Cathy has been working alongside Kathi Wall for the past seven months, so she is up to speed on all the innerworkings of the Colonial Theater, and has been able to hit the ground running for us already. Cathy’s recent graduation from the Kennebec Leadership Institute has given her terrific access to the greater Kennebec Valley community and will be very valuable to us as we continue to move this project forward.” said Andrew Silsby, Board Chair of the Augusta Colonial Theater.
Milojevic-Kaey joined the Augusta Colonial Theater in May 2023 as the Executive Assistant. In this position, she was instrumental in launching the theater’s quarterly newsletter and organizing events and fundraising efforts.
Prior to this position, Milojevic-Kaey worked in education for over 25 years.
Wall, who retired from her position as the Executive Director earlier this month, was voted in as a member of the Board of Directors and will continue to serve as an integral piece of the restoration of the theater.
“We are thankful for Kathi Wall’s efforts over the years and very pleased that she will continue to provide advice and counsel by joining the Board of Directors,” said Silsby.
“There is a developing arts and cultural corridor that stretches from Gardiner to Waterville. I want Augusta to be a central part of that corridor and I am willing to continue to work hard toward that end,” said Wall.
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?
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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!
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.
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:
ACT presents The Quest: A true story of abandonment, neglect, restoration and triumph.
The Augusta Colonial Theater Board of Directors released its second Annual Report to the community, recapping the progress made toward restoration, the work of committees, support from donors, and financial overview. Read the report here.
After Securing Funding for Renovations as Part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill
Augusta, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, visited the Augusta Colonial Theater to see the plans for renovations and expansions made possible by the $1.5 million grant she secured in December as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The theater, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, had previously been closed and vacant since 1969, falling into disrepair for several decades until it was saved from demolition.
The grant is allowing for the renovation of the 1,000-seat theater, making it wheelchair accessible, and the construction of an attached 2-level auxiliary building that contains expanded restrooms, adequate water supply systems, additional HVAC systems, a 200-seat multipurpose community theater, and space for classrooms and galleries. On the top floor, overlooking the Kennebec River, there will be an income-producing restaurant to provide self-sufficiency.
“Cultural institutions are part of the fabric of communities and enrich the lives of Mainers,” Senator Collins said. “Securing this grant has made it possible for the Colonial Theater to reestablish itself as a lively cultural center in the heart of Augusta for generations to come.”
The theater is set to become a vibrant hub for arts and culture in Augusta, offering an array of exciting events such as live performances, concerts, lectures, international streaming performances, and serving as the new home of the Kennebec Performing Arts (formerly the Augusta Symphony Orchestra). In addition, plans are underway to expand the existing Youth Theater and introduce a Senior Theater, both of which would make use of the newly expanded rehearsal and performance spaces.