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“This theatre was a casualty of the 1960s "urban renewal” and “This theatre was disgracefully torn down” is a sad commentary on what should not have been allowed to happen! Thank goodness the City of Erie still has the Warner Theatre on State Street which has been beautifully restored!
I will check out the 926 State Street area this summer. I don’t recall the Lawrence Hotel, but today there is a popular candy company called Pulakos which may have had a location at the 926 State Street address?
Lost Memory: Thanks for the location on W. 26th Street! The opening remarks about this theatre by David Stear having been there in 1995 were “the present owners had retained the screen and original flooring. Most of the seats were removed”. Does this mean that the floor would be on a slant and not made level and that some of the theatre seats still remain? This will definitely be on my must-see list in ‘05! And I will see if David’s suggestion to show old movies and newsreels while customers shopped for antiques was done?
Keep the info comin' as I’m interested. Thanks.
FOX NOTICE! Anyone interested please go to www.foxtheatre.org and read about the upcoming open house on the 26th of December as the theatre is celebrating its 75th anniversary on that date! The open house will be from 1-7 with many things planned throughout the day! Also, on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper site (www.ajc.com) you can read the first of many articles this week concerning the theatre’s wonderful history! For your convenience, here is the article site to cut and paste into your browser! Enjoy as I did!
Dorothy from Oz! What a real treat to read your post this brisk NC a.m.! When I read “Mom-in-law was a Rockette 1937-1942” I just about came out of my chair in front of this computer. And yes by all means…..pass thi site onto the Rockette alumni! I never miss a Thanksgiving a.m. without watching those Rockettes in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This IS a wonderful site and many posts ago I started posting on the RMCH site and it took off from there with many posts about the Christmas show, etc. from several native New Yorkers. I grew up in New York, but at the other end of the state in Chautauqua County near the PA stateline so was 400 miles from the Big Apple! My husband and I hope to broad Amtrak next fall from NC and ride the train into Grand Central Station and stay in Manhattan over the long Thanksgiving weekend! I want to walk down 5th Avenue once in my life during the holidays and see all of the decorated windows i.e. Tiffany….can’t forget Breakfast at Tiffany with Audrey Hepburn! Also, Rockefeller Center, the tree, the rink and the Today Show! If anyone can suggest anything that is a must see, let me know. Have always wanted to me in Times Square at midnight on the 31st of December, so maybe that too someday. Our thoughts and concerns will all be with Dick Clark this year as he will be replaced by Regis Philbin as host to ring in ‘05. I will have to say though that I won’t miss seeing Mrs. Clark on camera for those few brief moments with her outdated hairstyle! LOL! Just a joke as I really don’t mean to offend anyone. So, keep in touch Dorothy of Oz as I’m sure you have many Rockette stories to share!
Do you still live in the Buffalo area? My friend also went to The Granada to see Rocky Horror Picture Show so maybe you sat next to him and didn’t even know it! LOL! My email is entered in My Profile if you wish to contact me that way to get his name. He grew up near the Colvin Theatre. I mentioned to him about registering on this site as he would have lots of Buffalo theatre trivia to contribute!
sam_e: Such a shame that that unique theater with the very unique upstairs apartment with the window overlooking the auditorium is GONE as I don’t recall reading about any other theatre with this unique feature. Did you go there as a child? Also, what is your recollection concerning The Granada and those masks carved in the stone above the entrance that my Buffalo friend relayed to me via a recent email? Would be neat to see a photo of those masks?
Charles: Hope to see your pictures of this St. Louis Gothic Revival Majestic theatre SOON! The front facade of this theater is breathtaking in the postcard photo!
I believe there were other Shea’s around the country other than in Buffalo as I know there were other Warner Theatres.
Does anyone have information about The Granada that was on Main Street in Buffalo as I find it interesting to read that the front entrance still has the “comedy” and “tragedy” masks carved in the stone above the entrance?
“I think the neighborhood theaters closed in the 1950’s. There are MANY in Buffalo. Perhaps I will look them up in one of my old city directories. The only one left is the North Park on Hertel. In the late ‘70’s I used to go to the Colvin, which is now gone. It was a Basil Brothers theater. The Granada was on Main Street near our city house. The back (house) was demolished, but the front entrance still faces Main St. and it has the "comedy” and “tragedy” masks carved in the stone above the entrance. In college I saw Rocky Horror there.“ The above quoted information was sent to me from a friend via email. He mentions The Granada, but I don’t see it on the cinema treasures website NY list. My friend mentions the Colvin though so I will ask him about this theatre with a 'window’.
br91975: I believe there were other Shea’s, but someone more Shea’s knowledge than myself could help us with this information, I’m sure.
And I hope to see a movie at the New Angola Theatre in ‘05!
Richard G: I wasn’t aware that the theatre in Angola went by the name NEW Angola Theatre so wasn’t able to find it until I started doing through the entire NY list as there are over 1,000 listed, but my interest falls with the ones in western New York State, primarily.
Yes, the New Angola Theatre is the Claddagh Commission and I proudly know the folks who started Claddagh!
Under the photo that is found on the pbase.com site it reads “This theater has been converted to an indoor swimming pool; there is very little on the inside to suggest that it was ever a theater. The staff are warm and welcoming, and are eager to show anyone around.” I’m sure this is very true, but those of us who have studied former theatres can tell that the doors to this indoor swimming pool are most definitely signs of it being a former theatre and a big tip off to that fact!
This theatre is less than 50 miles from the Reg Lenna Theatre in Jamestown NY and the Reg is listed on this theatre website.
Just found this theatre while looking for all Buffalo NY and surrounding town theatres. I was not aware that Dunkirk had a theatre and was sad to read that it is now another parking lot that “still stands today”. The ignorance!
Bryan: When I clicked on the word ‘here’ I found the site entitled Buffalo’s Forgotten Theaters. Thank you!
Lost Memory: Thanks for the photo website as I just looked at it. I’ve been looking to see what other Buffalo theatres existed years ago.
Ok, I will try to get a chandelier verification for you! Is the Bailey Theatre listed on this site? I’ve seen several Buffalo theatres listed that have been closed and demolished so only a handful still exist, I guess.
Richard G: This is where I read your ‘Grand’ post which talks about your tour of the theatre which does interest me!
Richard G: I found your post on the Palace Theatre/Hamburg NY ‘page'so any further 'chat’ about the Grand should go on this ‘page'I guess…that way I won’t miss any of your additional and interesting thoughts. All information that I gather helps put the pieces of the 'Grand’ puzzle together. Thanks so very much.
I did read your post on some other theatre ‘page’ and recall you giving me the Dietner name and other bits of information. Could you elaborate on the ‘Grand’ tour you took? The when, who, what, where and how of it? :–)