Shea's Elmwood Theater

539 Elmwood Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14222

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Shea's Elmwood Theater

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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

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alknobloch
alknobloch on September 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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
RobbDelman on April 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

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”.

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