Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shea's Buffalo Theatre

Above, from Motion Picture News, June 26, 1926. The vertical sign seen here has been restored.

The 3,498 seat Shea's Buffalo Theatre at 646 Main Street in downtown Buffalo opened 90 years ago last week, January 16, 1926. The theatre closed in the mid 1970's and a group of preservationists led by Curt Mangel worked to save the house. I visited this theatre a number of times in the mid to late 70's and always had a good time, saw a few great shows in here, La Bohème, B.B. King and a few others. Over the years the theatre has been meticulously restored. Today Shea's Buffalo is one of the finer venues in the country.
Grand Lobby from Motion Picture News, April 1, 1927.

Another view of the Grand Lobby, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Balcony side wall, from Motion Picture News, February 6, 1926.
Organ grill, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Proscenium, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Above article from Exhibitor's Trade Review, May 30, 1925.
An early ad from Motion Picture News, November 18, 1927.

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