The Gold Theater in Buffalo NY

posted by siegel on September 29, 2005 at 6:06 am

If anyone knows of infomation on the Gold… I understand it was a movie house in Buffalo NY dating 1920-1940.

Thank you.

Comments (8)

Patsy on September 29, 2005 at 5:19 pm If you go to this Theatres of Buffalo photo gallery site, you will see many of Karl Josker’s theatre photos. I didn’t see a photo of The Gold Theatre on this site nor have I heard anyone speak of this theatre, but it will show you many of Buffalo’s former theatres. Karl’s email is .com

Patsy on September 29, 2005 at 5:36 pm

There are 2 Gold Theatres listed on CT, but they were in Chicago, Illinois and in Brooklyn, NY…both closed and demolished.

PGlenat on September 29, 2005 at 8:07 pm

Another source of information about Buffalo theatres can be found in a lengthy manuscript written by Ranjit Sandhu. It documents all theatres and nickelodeons located in Buffalo from the turn of the century. Unfortunately the work has never been published. The only available copy of the manuscript for viewing is held in the Special Collections Dept of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY. It cannot be signed out and can only be seen in the library on request.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 30, 2005 at 3:24 am

According to CinemaTour the Gold Theatre was at 176 Sand St. in Buffalo.

carolgrau on September 30, 2005 at 7:40 am

Thank you once again Patsy, a great site. I hope to get some info on a old place called Gilligans. My band played there in 1970, and from the looks of it I was reminded that this was once probably an old theatre.
Your Friend

kjosker on October 3, 2005 at 3:27 pm


I was the light man at Gilligan’s in 1970; contact me for more information.



kjosker on October 4, 2005 at 7:02 am

OK, my curiosity has been piqued regarding the Gold Theater on Sand Street in Buffalo. First, there is no Sand Street in Buffalo. Second, I have reviewed my considerable resources, and I can find no mention of the Gold Theater. However, none of this is to say that there wasn’t. Street names change, streets disappear, theaters change names, and theaters disappear.

A possibility though is Lackawanna NY, another city immediately south of Buffalo (one side of a street is Buffalo, across the street is Lackawanna). Lackawanna does have a Sand Street, I’m not familiar with it, it is located in what was a heavy industry area (some may argue that all of Lackawanna was heavy industry). I will take a ride by in the next couple of days and see what there is to see, photograph any possibilites, and ask around. I’ll get back to you.

kjosker on October 7, 2005 at 2:23 pm

Found Sand Street in Lackawanna today; it’s a one block long dead end street off of Center Street. The house numbers run from 1 to 19; there is one vacant lot. My guess is that there was never a theater on the vacant lot, given the makeup of the neighborhood.

I’ll keep on researching and looking in Buffalo. If I find anything, I’ll let you know.

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