Shea's Roosevelt Theater

887 Broadway Street,
Buffalo, NY 14212

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Opened in 1927, the Roosevelt Theater was one of the largest theaters in Buffalo, located on Broadway Street. The Shea chain took over half interest in 1930, and remodeled. In 1949, Loew’s Inc. gained control when the Shea chain was broken up.

Weekends-only operation began in 1960, and the theater closed in 1962. George Rosing was the manager for the whole period.

In the late-1950’s, the theater’s Marr & Colton organ, which had cost $37,000 and had not been used since the 1930’s, was reactivated and concerts were given in the last years.

Contributed by Alan lapp

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

LuisV on January 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Alan, thanks for posting this theater, but do you have any additional information on its present condition? This is a huge theater and it’s amazing that it wouldn’t have been posted until now. Do you know if any of its original interior or exterior ornamentation remains. Thanks!

arl on February 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm

In regards to LuisV inquiry. Unfortunately the theater was torn down shortly after closing.
It was brick structure with terra cotta facade, designed by Henry and William Spahn. The
interior was Adams Style. There was no balcony, and plaques of Teddy Roosevelt were
in the waiting area.

railroad on April 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Phone number 1960: CLeveland 4900

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Wow another one time Loews house.

tonyr14226 on September 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

The Marr & Colton organ still exists and is in playable condition in private hands.

LouB on January 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Current article in Buffalo News states that it is the home of an Amherst resident. It is operational. The owner is looking to donate it.

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