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Why does the North Park have that funny metal stage where the wooden stage would of been? There is also a baby grand piano on that stage as well. I went there in the 1970’s and the funny stage and piano where there back then.
Something is going on with the theater. There is a new marquee above the doorways. There also is glass block windows. The graffiti is all cleaned up.
Old Marlowe Theater Comes Down
Submitted by Patrick Klinck, Community Web Producer
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, 11:59am
Old Marlowe Theater Comes Down
BUFFALO, NY – Demolition of the Marlowe Theater at 257 Virginia Street began Thursday morning. Neighbors had been complaining about the abandoned structure for years.
i just went there again on 4/17/11 to see, “Kill The Irishman”. Wish we had more like the North Park. They had a good size crowd for Sunday afternoon. They don’t light the dome at the matinees only on weekend evenings. Still neat to sit there and watch a movie. The man in the boxoffice selling the tickets, is the nicest man!! Unlike the kids selling tickets at the Regal. The man selling the refreshments is great as well.
The inside of the theater looks great. Too bad its in such a horrible part of town. Here is a link to some pictures:
Valu 5 on Clinton isn’t mentioned either
I saw Tommy and couldnt hear for a week. I saw several other movies as well. I tried to avoid the back 4, they were to small (like the Evans in Williamsville—which isnt mentioned here. The Plaza North on Niagara Falls Blvd isnt mentioned either) The curtains were closed and would open like the old shows did, but not up and down but across instead.
oh, and red drapes hanging were there used to be organ pipes.
In the 1970’s, they would play the Welk closing theme song at the end of the movie. We would stay to watch the usher put the ugly floor lamp on the stage. There was no shade on that lamp. It was big inside that theater. I remember big circular lights in the ceiling.
I recently went to the Riviera in the evening. The marquee lit the whole street up. What a neat site, and I wasn’t even in the theater yet!!!
What a theater!!! I went there last Saturday to see “City Island”. There was large attendance, I wonder if the locals support the place? Went there 40 years ago and I forgot how large the inside of the show is. Now that is the way a movie should be seen. Shame on our society for allowing so many theaters like this to disappear. Glad the North Park is still around.
I can remember driving by the theater in the 1970’s and hearing loud rock music coming from the theater. Maybe a group was practicing there. I remember looking at the front of the theater and thinking how fancy the doors where. They were like crescent shaped glass in the doors.
In the 1960’s, a truck ran into the front of the building. The marquee then landed on top of the truck. The truck stayed there several weeks because no one knew how to remove it. I still remember going by and seeing people squeeze by the truck to get into the show.
Also when I was a kid my parents wouldn’t let me go there because something terrible happened to a kid in the mens bathroom. It could of been an urban legend, but everyone knew about it.
I saw many movies there for $1.00 in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The last year they were showing movies, they made the admission price 50 cents. The lines were at least 3 blocks long.
I just heard recently that 2 men want to restore the theater. I don’t know what type of use they have in mind though.
too bad no one took a picture of the outside. It was still standing in the 1970’s.
When they made the theater into 3, you could buy a pass to wander from theater to theater. You didnt have to stay in just one show.
I remember going to the Bailey in the 1970’s, they showed two movies for $1.00. The Bailey had a terrible echo and you would miss some of the audio of the movie. In the 1970’s, there was a sign in the phone booth that read, “Only one person in the phone booth at a time”. This sign must of been from the 1950’s when people used to see how many people could fit into a phone booth at one time. The last person to run the Bailey was Joe Vetter and his daughters. He was a real character. I used to talk to him on the CB radio back in those days. He also ran a suicide hotline back then.
I only see new movies in the theaters. I like the whole experience. It is a wonder we even have movie theaters around anymore with DVD’s and bootleg copies of new movies. I have often wondered why there isn’t a movie studio who just makes movies to be shown in theaters only (greed, I guess). I use to like being able to see my favorite movie 2 or 3 years later on the big screen again.
I went to the Colvin in the 1960’s and 1970’s when I was a teenager. I lived in Kenmore, so it was easy to get to. Earthquake in Sensurrond was a big deal. I saw it 6 times there. The movie was terrible but the effect was neat. I think I saw every movie that showed there. Back in the 1970’s, some Buffalo shows where still open. I would go to the old shows instead of the multiplexes. The Bailey would show 2 movies for $1.00. What A bargain. I also went to the Kensington, I think it blew up and that was the end of it. We all went to the Showplace, the old Unity. Been in the Ellen Terry, musicians were renting in the 1990’s and it was tore down. I saw Jaws at the Lovejoy, it is now a community swimming pool. The Century was showing 3 movies on Thursdays and Saturdays in the 1970’s. Went there quite a lot. I saw Walking Tall at the Teck, it became horrible looking inside. Remember the Downtown Cinema, across the street from the Buffalo, it was really a small show compared to the big shows in downtown.