The original Colonnade property was purchased by Lester G. Holtzman and the original theater opened in July 1919, during the "silent" film era. The Colonnade went through a number of improvements through the years, including the addition of sound after "talkies" became dominant.
In March 1956, the Colonnade was sold to Melvin and Ada Troutman. Their son, Marvin - the current CEO of Cinema Center Inc. - owned and, along with his family, managed the theater for more than 50 years.
With the death of Ada Troutman in 2000, the Colonnade closed. It the was donated by Marvin Troutman to the Halifax-based Twin Valley Players theater group in 2008.
The original Colonnade, built as a single screen facility was not sound structurally and could not be retained. However vestiges of the buildings days as a popular movie house will remain. The outside marquee with it's raised "C" has been refurbished and placed inside as part of the concession area. Vintage projectors, film reels, tickets and posters will all be displayed in the lobby.
- Brief history provided by the Upper Dauphin Sentinel
To make a donation directly to the Twin Valley Players, please contact the Twin Valley Players Vice-President, Dr. Todd F. Hoover. He can be reached by leaving a message at 692-3453, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to financial contributions, there are other ways you can donate to the Twin Valley Players:
Production Volunteers: We are always looking for new talent for our productions, both on and off stage. If you have interest, or would simply like to talk to someone about how you may be able to help, please email us at email@example.com.
Board Committees: The Twin Valley Players board is comprised of several committees. If you feel you have expertise to lend to any of these committees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Development/ Policy
Building and Grounds/Technology
Business Affairs/ Fun Development
Drama/ Special Events/ Front House
Joint Operating Authority (with NSCNA)
Financial Donations: The Twin Valley Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions to the Twin Valley Players as provided in section 170 of the Code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Code.
The Twin Valley Players has an annual budget of nearly $50,000. This amount is more than we are able to raise through ticket sales. It is only through the kindness of sponsors and donors that we are able to produce the quality productions we do. Please consider making a donation to our organization through one of the ways above.
Jack Geyer (President)
Todd Hoover (Vice President)
Angela Grassmyer (Treasurer)
Kathy Boyer (Secretary)
The Twin Valley Players is continuing to grow and expand each year. What initially started as a community theater in Halifax, PA, has become known regionally as a first rate Community Theater, providing what many of our patrons have said is on par with professional dinner theater in the region. The annual musical costs more than $25,000 to stage, with additional moneys needed each year for the various other projects with which we are a part. The organization has been moving forward in the public eye, as well as behind the scenes. The number of board members has grown, the board works to improve its function and effectiveness through on-going revisions and development of policies and procedures, the organization continues to reach out with cooperative efforts with other non-profit organizations, such as the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. This is an exciting time in the life of the organization, and we look forward to the growing cultural and educational impact we will have on the region.
-Scholarship program created in 1990: To date over $30,000 given to students.
- 500 dollars donated to Oklahoma City Victims
-Roadshow donations to Halifax Area Recreation Authority, Halifax Fire Company, Halifax Stadium, Lights on the Football Field, Halifax & Millersburg Lions Club, etc.
-Churches: Halifax United Methodist Church, Messiah Lutheran
-Halifax Area School District: purchase of curtains, mending and sewing of torn curtains, painting of presidium walls, painting of stage floor, etc.
-Theatrical equipment: Halifax and Millersburg schools utilized the sound equipment many times. Numerous other community groups have used our theatrical equipment (sound, lights, etc.) at no cost.
-Equipment used at no charge by Millersburg Bicentennial Celebration.
-Some members served on the Halifax Area School District Building Committee: The school needed people with theater experience to give advice on the auditorium.
-Donations of props and sets materials to Halifax Drama Club, Millersburg School and Drama Club, Line Mountain Drama Club and Upper Dauphin Drama Club
-Costumes: Many organizations and individual borrowed the costumes.
-Sponsored Kid’s Fest at the Halifax High School for free & the Popcorn Hat Players entertained. Over 75 children attended.
-We have performed free for many organizations as a good will gesture.
Are you an artist, musician, or generally creative person? The Twin Valley Players Colonnade is looking to showcase your talent at our theater! As part of the Twin Valley Players ongoing efforts to support all artistic mediums in the area, we would like to help you bring your craft to a wider audience! We've already brought in a number of talented local people to our theater, now it's your turn to show us what you're made of! Just send an email to our Manager at email@example.com for more details!