New Ariel Theater

185 High Street,
Buffalo, NY 14204

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New Ariel Theater

Opened in late-1914, at a cost of $40,000. Built by George Kempf and Sons. Interior remodeling in 1927. Became part of the
Gammel Chain in 1935. It replaced a storefront theater that was near this site, the Ariel Theater.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

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kencmcintyre on January 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm

If the Google view is showing the correct address, the theater is gone. Perhaps someone local can confirm this.

mgoshea on January 13, 2010 at 8:55 am

From google street view it looks like it was on the corner of Maple and High St. On the side of Maple that 185 High St should be on is a parking lot and an empty lot. On the other is another empty lot and High Street Deli (at 195 High St). I called the deli and the woman there said she’s lived there for years and there hasn’t been a cinema building around them for a long time and their building wasn’t ever one (only building in the area that looks like it could have been a theatre). Looks like it’s either the empty lot or the parking lot (probably the former since it’s on the odd numbered side of the street) and has been demolished. It’s listed as demolished on as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2014 at 10:34 am

This Microsoft Word document has a list of Buffalo’s early nickelodeons. The original Ariel Theatre that the New Ariel replaced was right down the block at 173-175 High Street from 1910 to 1914. It, too, has been demolished.

The New Ariel must have opened in late 1914. The January 2, 1915, issue of Motography had this announcement of the opening:

“The new Ariel motion picture palace on High street, Buffalo, has been opened. The beautiful new structure has a capacity of 700 and is equipped with all the latest appliances. Joseph Welte is manager.”

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