Amherst 3 Theatre

3500 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14226

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Amherst Theater, Buffalo N.Y.

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The Amherst 3 Theatre has recently received a physical upgrade as well as changing its format from art house movies to more mainstream fare.

Dipson Theatres is also revamping the interior of the theater and replacing the old movie house’s 1940s marquee.

The theater now features new carpeting, a new projection system,and a THX-certified sound system.

The theater is also adding more leg room dropping attendance from 750 seats to 690.

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FEENXFIRE
FEENXFIRE on November 15, 2005 at 9:02 pm

It’s not nearly as exquisite as Dipson’s North Park, but you can always count on the Amherst to show good movies in a clean environment.

Their awesome Fall Film Festival makes you wish every movie theatre could similarly boast a cult film director as its manager.

Props to THX.

crunchocky
crunchocky on October 23, 2006 at 5:37 pm

I wouldn’t necessarily say that the Amherst plays “mainstream” fare. Although they have started skewing slightly mainstream since AMC closed the nearby University 8 in 2004 (they’ve played things like “All the Kings Men” and “World Trade Center” in the past year) the Amherst is still primarily an art house venue (this week for instance they are playing “The Science of Sleep”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, and “Shortbus”).

efriedmann
efriedmann on June 5, 2007 at 2:47 pm

WOW! Where do I begin?

I was a student at the University of Buffalo from 1985 to 1988 and I practically lived at this theater because it was on the other side of the huge parking lot across from my dorm building, Goodyear Hall. I saw nearly every midnight movie they played during those years including, PINK FLOYD THE WALL, PINK FLOYD AT POMPEII, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, JIMI HENDRIX, BLADE RUNNER, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and a couple of old STAR TREK movies.

Even then, they were mostly art films at a time that I hadn’t developed an appreciation for them yet. However, after some time, I figured out that the Amherst Theater would show films released by Columbia Pictures and Orion Pictures (when they existed). I think I saw PLATOON three times when it opened there. This theater also had the courage to book the film ISHTAR when it opened. Sad, sad, sad!

The manager of this theater at that time was notorious for hitting on his female college employees. Every one of them would quit on him eventually.

I’m glad after nearly 20 years, it did not close down.

If there’s anybody else out there who attended UB between 1985 and 1988 and lived on the Amherst campus, I’d love, love, love to hear from you!

hammerglenn
hammerglenn on June 17, 2007 at 7:04 pm

SAW MY FIRST FILM HERE IN 1958, DISNEY’S WHITE WILDERNESS. STILL ATTEND FILMS THERE TODAY.

efriedmann
efriedmann on June 18, 2007 at 6:14 am

Been thinking about this theater again recently and remembering my college times at UB. Some other films I can remember seeing at this theater during the 80’s include:

JAGGED EDGE, WHITE NIGHTS, QUICKSILVER, THAT’S LIFE!, PLATOON, NO MAN’S LAND, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, BACK TO THE FUTURE (re-release) and TOP GUN (also a re-release).

Back then, I had not learned to appreciate art films yet, so I usually stuck with whatever mainstream films this theater would get. I regret not seeing BLUE VELEVET, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS and THE LAST EMPEROR on screen when they premiered at this theater and had a very long run.

railroad
railroad on April 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Phone number in 1960: UNiversity 7655

alknobloch
alknobloch on May 18, 2009 at 11:01 am

I seem to remember that before they carved this theater into 3 screens, the ceiling had a motiff that somewhat resembled an old-fashioned tombstone radio.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Nice theatre Buffalo.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

Pictured in this 1968 showmanship report: Boxoffice

hammerglenn
hammerglenn on December 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Saw my first movie here with my cousin, father and uncle in 1958: WHITE WILDERNESS.

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