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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Association for the Colonial Theatre

To enhance the well-being of the region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic, and civic life.

four stars

93.98

227 Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA 19460
tel: (610) 917-1228   Web Site
EIN: 23-2846336

Board Leadership
Marian D. Moskowitz
President

CEO
Kenneth L. Metzner
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.98 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial's programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville's historic business district.

The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial's programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville's historic business district.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Total number of audience members
73,048
Total number of free admissions
7,400
Number of individuals attending community events or trainings
5,900
Total number of patrons and members attending film screenings.
51,000
Total number of patrons and members attending concerts.
9,200
Number of screenings or events produced or hosted.
3,500
Total pounds of popcorn.
4,795
Number of craft beers (draft) served.
4,260
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.70
  Program Expenses Growth 33.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 45.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Association for the Colonial Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Association for the Colonial Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We have so many programs that we could endlessly seek feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Association for the Colonial Theatre (PA) 93.98 four stars
The Woodruff Arts Center (GA) 85.82 three stars
San Francisco Performances (CA) 85.58 three stars
La Jolla Music Society (CA) 89.78 three stars
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT) 90.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $417,258
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $417,258
   Program Service Revenue $1,022,193
Total Primary Revenue $1,439,451
   Other Revenue $238,256
TOTAL REVENUE $1,677,707
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,846,630
   Administrative Expenses $105,460
   Fundraising Expenses $113,113
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,065,203
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-387,496
   
Net Assets $5,358,655

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Affordable Arts & Culture Programming $1,846,630 100.0%

Ratings History
Association for the Colonial Theatre has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 07/01/2019 93.98 four stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 90.34 four stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 90.22 four stars
2015-08 11/01/2016 90.95 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 91.86 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 03/01/2016 90.51 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-2846336
Name in IRS Master File ASSOCIATION FOR THE COLONIAL THEATER
NTEE Code A60
NTEE Classification Performing Arts Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(91) Art exhibit
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$6,500 0.31% Ken Metzner Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$65,083 3.15% Mary Foote Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Association for the Colonial Theatre (PA) 93.98 four stars
Playhouse Square Foundation (OH) 89.48 three stars
McCallum Theatre (CA) 87.51 three stars
Boch Center (MA) 90.91 four stars
The Woodruff Arts Center (GA) 85.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Association for the Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
tel: (610) 917-1228
EIN: 23-2846336

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Board Leadership

Marian D. Moskowitz
President

CEO

Kenneth L. Metzner
Executive Director

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