Plaza Theater

1412 William Street,
Buffalo, NY 14206

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A theater of some sort was on this site from 1912. The last theater was built around 1915. Aside from movies, this theater was a major outlet for live entertainment. Aside from Main Street, it was one of the last stages for vaudeville.

The Plaza Theater also catered heavily to African-American audiences, through both it’s movies and live entertainment. (The Theater Guide listed it as a “Negro theater”).

It is said that Sammy Davis, Jr. performed here when he was five. The Micheals family ran the theater for most of its history, which ended in 1964. Stage shows ran through the 1950’s. The theater was razed in 1975.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

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railroad on April 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Phone number 1960: WAshington 0787

railroad on April 9, 2008 at 5:02 am

It’s a Shea’s theatre.

railroad on April 9, 2008 at 5:09 am

Phone number 1963: TL4-0787

markhn on September 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Original address was 412 William Street until William was extended further west downtown adding 100 to all existing addresses on William Street.

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