Riverside Theater

824 Tonawanda Street,
Buffalo, NY 14207

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This former neighborhood theater was opened December 25, 1926 with 1,500 seats. It was operated by the Schine Theatres circuit. When it closed the seats were removed and it became the Ski Deck. People skied down the slanted floor. The theater was demolished and a library was built on this site in the 1980’s.

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roberttoplin
roberttoplin on September 17, 2007 at 10:34 pm

The Riverside opened December 25,1926 with 1,500 seats. I believe that the architects were Bacon & Lurkey.

arl
arl on March 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm

The Riverside and the Kensington Theaters both opened on Christmas Day 1926. There had also
been a Riverside Theater at 855 Tonawanda St in the 1910s. This theater (#824) was part of the
Schine Chain, which had about 60 theaters running in the Eastern US when it ran the Riverside.
Schines also ran the Granada Theater in Buffalo. A number of other businesses were in the
same building with the theater. The foyer and lobby ran between these businesses, with the
auditorium behind them. The theater also had a Wurlitzer Organ. The Riverside closed in
May 1961, and became an indoor skiing center for a few years. It became vacant after this
venture and was torn down years later.

railroad
railroad on April 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Phone number 1960: RIverside 9477

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