Holiday Six Theatres

3801 Union Road,
Buffalo, NY 14225

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A Cinerama twin, with a smaller outlying building containing four screens. Unknown opening date, closed summer 1995.

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alknobloch on September 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

You’re right psmith102006 – the Plaza North was, I believe, the last huge ‘big box’ theater built in W.N.Y., but it was more or less hidden in the middle of suburban sprawl. I think it opened with “Goodbye Mr. Chips” with Peter O'Toole. I have no photos of it, or of the Valu 5 which someone told me became a Valu Hardware store or something equally commercial.

Holidayguy on April 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I grew up in the apartment complexes adjacent to the Holidays from 1971 (when I was born) to 1988. My older sister and I, along with our neighborhood friends saw everything there (sometimes my Dad would take us, too)..I saw Star Wars 9 times, Grease 1 and 2, The Outsiders, Silverado,The Rocky Horror picture Show (as I got older),the list goes on and on…We would hang out there and play the video games in the lobby, because most of us weren’t allowed to cross Union Road to go to Putt Putt Golf & Games across the street…A bunch of us neighborhood kids would go talk to Al the manager, and he would give us garbage bags. We would then go around the HUGE parking lot and pick up papers and debris. For every full bag of trash we brought back, he would give us a free movie pass. The lot was huge, because before the theaters were built, the property was the 3 screen Aero Drive in. In the middle of the lot was a restaurant called the Aerohead Inn, which was the original projection booth / concession stand for the drive in. Closer to the road was (and still is) The Holiday Showcase Restaurant ( the round rstaurant alknobloch refers to), which was an incredibly cool 50’s style place, with Salmon and Turquois booths, 50’s style light fixtures, a long carport on the back for carhops. Unfortunately, it was hit by a tornado-“On July 31, 1987, an F1 tornado touched down in the Union Road and George Urban Boulevard area. It grew to an F2 before dissipating.[3] Homes and business suffered serious damage, but there were no fatalities or severe injuries. This tornado is locally memorable as the one which ripped the roof off the Holiday Showcase Restaurant.” I remember it well, having lived about 500 yards away. They remodeled it, and in my opinion, completely screwed it up. As kids we would dumpster dive, and would get all sorts of movie related items. I WISH my Mom and Dad hadn’t thrown it all away.. especially my Star Wars lobby package still in the box! They would apparently get more displays than we could use, and toss the rest. Anyway, those are MY fond memories of the Holiday Shows….

alknobloch on April 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for those really personal rememberances Holidayguy. You were truly fortunate to be so close to these huge theaters. I think I went to one of the 4 small ones they built in the back about 3 times and hated them every visit. It was the handwriting on the wall for theaters built during that approximate 25 year period. Now we have sorta a compromise between the two concepts, which was acceptable technically until the poor early digital projection systems appeared. Here’s hoping the best for the future, but retaining ultimate tribute to the days of the past.

opheliafl on April 22, 2012 at 2:39 am

Wow, the things that will come to mind out of the blue to search for on the net. Remember it vividly. Saw Star Wars there. Just watching Close Encounters on tv just now and saw it there too, I think. I remember we saw Jaws there and people were sitting on the floor in the aisles. The carpets were wet from people throwing up in previous showings. I remember being there and seeing the posters up for Tommy but I would have been too young to go to that one. I remember the Holiday Restaurant in the middle of the plaza too. Am I mis-remembering or did the restaurant rotate? Could be thinking of something else, so long ago. Nice to find it here :) -Karen Clark

alknobloch on April 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Opheliafl (or Karen Clark) – the Holiday Restaurant rotated only if you had enough to drink, otherwise it was pretty static!

tsar on July 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

Yeah another theater I grew up with. Sooo many movies. I remember as a kid watching Poseidon Adventure here on a special midnight New Years Eve showing. Then there’s the Dino D remake of King Kong with folks sitting on the aisles. Same a couple years befoe with Towering inferno. Then the theaters in the back that I saw Smokey and the Bandit, Slapshot, Airport 77, Handle with Care etc. I remember the 4 back theaters had this cool vending machine that would sell little cheap mini-toys that I would beg my folks to buy me for 75 cents.

And I also noticed the glaring absence, as somebody has mentioned before, of the Plaza North on Niagara Falls Blvd and the Valu on Clinton. As good as this site is it isn’t exactly all inclusive.

rivest266 on September 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

The indoor theatre must had been opened in 1964.

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Joe Vogel on December 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

This article from Boxoffice of August 30, 1971, tells of plans for Holiday Theatres 3-6, and features a drawing of the proposed house. It says that the four-screen expansion had been planned by Denver theater designer Mel C. Glatz.

The 1972 article that Tinseltoes linked to earlier has two photos of the quad as it had been completed. That article also says that the multiplex was to be expanded again, with the addition of four more screens, but as it is still listed here as the Holiday Six I guess that second expansion was never carried out.

SexySadie on March 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I saw GHOSTBUSTERS at that very theater in 1984 – and my crush on Harold Ramis came to life right then and there! Such a magical afternoon!

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