Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre

639 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14203

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The Market Arcade 8 opened on December 18, 1987. In 2013, it is the last operating movie theatre in downtown Buffalo. It was closed by the Dipson Circuit in June 2014.

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roberttoplin on May 18, 2007 at 7:31 pm

The Market Arcade Theatre opened December 18,1987 and was designed by Michael Hamilton.

John Fink
John Fink on October 11, 2009 at 12:30 am

Still has a few Angelika Film Center touches including the lobby cafe with wood floors and a chandelier. The auditoriums and the ticket booths are pure General Cinema.

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John Fink on January 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Frequently only showing 7 movies (screen #4 still has 35MM equipment but is more frequently used for the Road Less Traveled Theatre – – and has a big stage that has cut that auditorium’s capacity drastically). One screen has a high quality non-DCI digital projector that they use for film festivals, local independent film screenings, and the theatre’s signature program Buffalo Film Seminars (although they occasionally do show a 35MM print at BFS).

Sadly I don’t know what the future for this complex is – and if it will make it and convert to digital (Dipson manages the complex for this NFP – – and Dipson has fully converted Amherst, Eastern Hills and Flix).

tsar on July 28, 2013 at 5:56 am

I make it a point to attend here when there is a mainstream movie I might be semi interested in. It’s art house Angelica days are long gone but I would much rather come here than the Regal. Popcorn is better and where else am I gonna have a whole theater for myself. I just hope it can hang in there.

John Fink
John Fink on November 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Last place in town to see a first run show in 35MM! (Movieland is 5/8ths 35MM – – and everyone else is fully digital)

John Fink
John Fink on November 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Speaking of which:

John Fink
John Fink on May 5, 2014 at 12:09 am

I visited last week for the BNFF and the theater is still in limbo – it’s in a strange predicament because the building is technically owned by the city, operated by a NFP-board and managed by Dipson. The city, wanting to get out of the exhibition business has requested proposals from interested parties to acquire the building (which includes the cinema and some additional storefronts).

Officially the city hopes it’ll remain a theater (and that could be viable as this block of Main Street is about to reopen to motor traffic), but it certainly requires updates including at the very minimum digital projection to continue to operate. (The lobby with its Angelika fixtures is generally in good shape, while the auditoriums are all original GCC including seats, carpeting and walls treatments – not in poor repair but certainly could use a refresh). I’ve heard some speculation as to the theater’s future, truthfully I’d like to see something innovative happen here (WNY doesn’t have a single luxury cinema and only one microcinema that serves food and alcohol).

dickneeds111 on June 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

This theatre should not close because the makers of Digital Projectors now lease them to theatres.

LouB on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

The theatre is currently closed. A new operator is being sought.

John Fink
John Fink on September 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Slated to become an AMC recliner-plex due open by the Summer of 2016 (not sure what the hold-up is but Roads Less Traveled will return for another season in the building). I have mixed feelings on this one – on one hand its great it’ll remain a cinema, but it also may shut out the local film community as this venue held screenings for Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, UB’s Buffalo Film Seminars and other local screenings and premiers. On the other hand, it’s good news and I think the refurbished theater (Dipson’s hands were tied here) will be a success.

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