Showplace Theatre

1063 Grant Street,
Buffalo, NY 14207

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Showplace Theatre, Buffalo, NY

The Unity Theatre was a second-run theatre in the Black Rock section of Buffalo, not far from Buffalo State College. Last showed movies around 1993-1994.

It was renovated as a venue for concerts, but this closed around 2007. It reopened in late-2012 and is mainly used as a rental venue.

Contributed by Loub

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bflonyguy on May 10, 2011 at 7:02 am

Theater is For Sale today on Craigslist. Ad says rock venue closed four years ago, and building needs work.

showplace1065 on December 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

thanks for all the info guys..i am current owner of the showplace theatre in buffalo ny and would hope for help or someone to open it as a performing arts center, comedy, concert and classic film house.feel free to contact me at thanks again

tsar on January 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

The Showplace was showing 2nd run films well into the nineties. I remember seeing Little Man Tate there in 92 and other films after that. I remember the odd Mens restroom where you had to go downstairs to this small room with 70s movie posters plastered on it like The Spy Who Loved Me. I think it finally became a concert venue in either 1995 or 1996. They removed the first ten rows of seats for standing room close to the stage and installed a bar against midway up from the stage on the left hand side. In addition to seeing a lot of movies here I also saw a lot of concerts including the Cramps.

Greg_Smith on January 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Last time I drove by The Showplace it had a for sale sign for anyone out there who might want to take a gamble on the movie business.

psmith102006 on June 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Something is going on with the theater. There is a new marquee above the doorways. There also is glass block windows. The graffiti is all cleaned up.

LouB on August 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm


This link shows a truck which has crashed into the marquee which is brought up in a previous comment.

tsar on July 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

The above caption for the picture is incorrect. The Showplace stopped showing movies in 1993-94

LouB on March 10, 2014 at 8:37 am


This article deals with the reopening of the Showplace.

spectrum on January 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

It looks like currently the theatre is mainly rented out for events. Their webpage ( does have a photo of the fa├žade which has been nicely restored (Much better than the old photos in the cinematreasures gallery)

dallasmovietheaters on December 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

Architected by Henry L. Spann of Buffalo and opened in 1923. It actually replaced Buffalo’s Try-It Theatre at the same location owned by J.D. Parmelee.

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