Shea's Elmwood Theater

539 Elmwood Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14222

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Previously operated by: Marks Brothers, Paramount Pictures Inc., Shea Theatres

Architects: Martin C. Miller

Previous Names: Elmwood Theater

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Shea's Elmwood Theater

This theatre was built in 1914, with a seating capacity given as 1,600 in the 1940’s when it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. It closed and was demolished in 1965. It should not be confused with Elmwood Center megaplexes.

A 3/15 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ, Opus 568, was shipped to this theater on August 21, 1922. I think eventually the entire organ went to a private owner in Detroit, Michigan. In January 1971 parts of the organ went to a private owner in Salt Lake City, Utah and the console to another private owner in Long Beach, California.

Contributed by Ret. AKC(NAC) Bob Jensen

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

alknobloch on September 7, 2009 at 8:38 am

I was only in this theater once, but as I recall it was a very large but not particularly long building with an extremely high balcony that was rather nausea-inducing when looking sharply down at the screen. There’s gotta be someone else who remembers being here and hopefully can back me up —

RobbDelman on April 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Just found this site or I would have responded earlier. You are correct, as I (deathly afraid of heights) instantly regretted my friends' suggestion that we “go upstairs”.

Franksbail on October 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

I’m new here but you are right. It was not a large theater but the balcony was closed to kids when I started to go there about 1963. Then after the bank fire and the decision to tear it down was made, I was not happy. Great Saturday matanee’s for a dollar.

NittyRanks on August 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

This was just featured on Facebook on this page “to I am a product of the west side of Buffalo New York”

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