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The Colonial Theater, on Main Street in downtown Laconia operated for 86 years. It was, at the time "One of the handsomest play-houses to be found in New England and far ahead of anything which the average city of Laconia can boast, "reported the Laconia Democrat in 1915, when the Colonial opened. It presented movies and vaudeville shows, The World Premiere of " Return To Peyton Place" and the music of John Phillip Sousa. Today the theater is once again operating as a movie house.

Interesting Fact: The Colonial Theater is said to be haunted. Reported incidents include: Footsteps heard and lights go on and off, and doors open and close when no one's around. Visitors get a strange feeling that they should leave as soon as possible. A figure of a man has been seen.

View a list of other haunted places in New Hampshire here.

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The Colonial Theater is located on Main Street in downtown Laconia