The Colony Theatre Company began its distinguished history of continuous production in 1975, when it was incorporated as a non-profit organization by a group of young Los Angeles television actors eager to return to their theatre roots. It was toThe Old Theatre's Marquee at Night remain in residence at the 99-seat Studio Theatre Playhouse in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles for the next 25 years.
During that time, through steadfast commitment to professional quality in its productions, as well as smart marketing, the company built the largest subscriber base of any small theatre in the area. By the early 90s, Colony shows were virtually sold out before they opened, and the company began an odyssey to find a larger home.
After several years of searching, they came upon a vacant building owned by the City of Burbank. Formerly a museum, the building contained a large lobby and an exhibit hall with high ceilings and -- a miracle -- no columns. It was a perfect space to be converted to a mid-size theatre.
In 1995, along with a number of other organizations vying for the building, The Colony submitted its proposal to the Burbank City Council. In January of 1996, the Council awarded the building to The Colony, and allocated city funds to convert it to a state-of-the-art performance space.
After four years devoted to design and construction, the company moved into its new Burbank home in 2000, becoming officially The Colony Theatre Company in Residence at Burbank Center Stage, a fully operating Equity theatre.