RIP: The Starlite Music Theatre (aka Colonie Coliseum), 1958-2012

November 16th, 2012, 10:23 am by Greg
The Starlight in 2010 (photo by Sebastien Barre)

The derelict Starlite Music Theatre in 2010 (Photo by Sebastien Barre)

Story by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Sebastien Barre

Milton Berle
The Dave Clark Five
Johnny Cash
Mike Tyson
Bob Hope
Diana Ross
George Carlin
Sammy Davis, Jr.

and, yes, even Megadeth

Once upon a time just off Route 9 north of Latham Circle, there was an entertainment destination that brought hundreds of the show business world’s best-known singers, dancers, musicians and comedians to the Capital Region every summer for four decades.

Although officially it went by many names over the years – the Colonie Musical Theater, the Colonie Summer Theater, the Colonie Coliseum and, finally, Starlite Music Theatre – a lot of the locals simply called it “The Tent.” But on Thursday (November 15), demolition crews and bulldozers rolled in and knocked it all down. The Starlite Music Theatre is no more.

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