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Vitascope Hall Buffalo, New York
The outer lobby was once twice as tall as it is now. A drop ceiling was installed to save on heating bills, but the original lobby is intact above this false ceiling.
The theater originally had 1,100 seats according to articles published in 1920.
22 February 1927
3176 Main Street
ARCHITECTS: Bacon & Lurkey
NOTE: 1,700 seats; no balcony. Spanish-influenced wooden designs. One of the first theatres in the world, after the Regent, to be set up with Todd-AO prototype machines. The Cinerama screen was placed on rails, and the curvature was variable. Had the best sound system in the area. Opening feature was Battling Butler. This is where Rocky Horror first played its Buffalo midnight run.
CURRENT STATUS: Demolished in 1990. Empty lot, though the apartment above the vestibule is suspended in air, and is still decorated with the Vikings.
Located near the original University of Buffalo Campus (at Main Street and Winspear) and not in downtown Buffalo, The Granada had the distinction of being one of the premiere 70mm/ToddAO theaters in the world. Equipped with the original, prototype ToddAO lenses developed in Buffalo by Buffalo Optical Company for Mike Todd’s Around the World in 80 days, the Granada had what was probably the finest 70mm projection in the world. Roadshow productions like Lawrence of Arabia never looked as good anywhere else!
The whereabouts of the projectors and these lenses is not known.