Columbia Theater

445 Genesee Street,
Buffalo, NY 14204

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Opened in 1914 by the Model Theater Company, at a cost of $100,000. Seats were 5 and 15 cents. Interior was made to resemble a classic art gallery. Had live entertainment with movies through the 1920’s and 1930’s.

The Gammel chain took over around 1940, and ran the theater until the end, in 1956. It was razed shortly thereafter.

Genesee Street in Buffalo had seven theaters in 1950 and only one by
1958.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Although first listed in directories in 1915, the Columbia Theatre was probably opened before the end of 1914. The Columbia was the house in this item from the May 2, 1914, issue of The American Contractor:

“Picture Theater (seating 1.400), 62x125. $40,000. Genesee nr. Mortimer st. Archt. Martin C. Miller, 1009 Mutual Life bldg. Owner Fred. Ullman, Mutual Life bldg. Archt. ready for bids about May 15th on construction with & without gallery, and with and without stage. Brick, terra cotta, fireproof, comp. roof, struct. & orn. iron.”
This house was probably a replacement for an earlier theater of the same name, as the New York Clipper mentioned a Columbia Theatre in Buffalo operated by Fred Ullman in October, 1912.

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