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.

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Lost Memory on March 8, 2007 at 4:56 pm

This is an 11/27/2000 article about the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre.

“Volunteer board named to oversee Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre.

Source: Business First of Buffalo

As promised, Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello has created a volunteer board of directors to oversee the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, the eight-screen downtown complex.

The board will work jointly with Dipson Theatres, which operate the complex, on a variety of issues ranging from cultural programming, overall management and multimedia opportunities.

The 12-year-old cinema complex is considered one of the key Theatre District anchors. After being operated by General Cinemas Corp. for the better part of a decade, the theaters have gone from being run by Angelica Films to the locally-based Dipson in recent years.

Dipson operates such art and independent film houses as the North Park and Amherst theaters.

Masiello said the new board will add to the complex’s stability.

“What’s important is that the various stakeholders of the Theatre District, recognized the value of a vital film and arts center,” Masiello said. “They stepped forward; they helped provide the momentum and incentive to create a body of representatives who can provide expertise and leadership for this critically important component of the Theatre District.”

The 13-member board includes Donald Boswell; Western NewYork Public Broadcasting Association president and CEO; August Chiasera, M&T Bank, vice president of commercial marketing and planning; Anthony Colucci III, Block & Colucci P.C. managing attorney; Patrick Fagan, Shea’s Performing Arts Center president and chief operating officer; Terry Fisher, Full Circle Studios president and partner; Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, Buffalo news director of new media and marketing; University at Buffalo English professor Bruce Jackson; Celeste Lawson, Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County executive director; Mary Catherine Malley, an attorney with Hodgson Russ Andrews Woods & Goodyear; Michael Militello, owner of the Bijou Grille; Ken Neufeld, Studio Arena Theatre executive director; Michael Schmand, Buffalo Place Inc. executive director and Rick Serra, ProPark vice president and general manager.

Michael McCarthy, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency general counsel, and Morgan Smith, Buffalo Place project planner, were named as non-voting board members.

Colucci was named board chairman while Fagan and Malley will serve as first vice chairman and second vice chairman respectively. Schmand has been named treasurer and Militello appointed assistant treasurer.

McCarthy was named secretary and Smith was appointed assistant secretary".

LouB on March 9, 2007 at 9:28 am

The theatre is across from Shea’s Buffalo. It shows independent and classical films along with mainstream films.

roberttoplin on May 18, 2007 at 4:31 pm

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

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John Fink ( on October 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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 4:44 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 2:56 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.

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John Fink ( on November 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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

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John Fink ( on November 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

Speaking of which:

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