Keith's Theater

261 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14203

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This theater opened in 1911, on lower Main Street. Modeled after the Royal Theatre in London, Ontario, it had a $15,000 organ. Entrance was on Main Street, the exit on Washington Street.

It was known at various times, as Keith’s Theater, Keith’s Columbia Theater, and Keith’s Italian Theater. With the first run theaters a short ways up Main Street, the Keith’s Theater always showed second and third run films.
General conditions deteriorated through the 1940’s and 1950’s, the end coming in 1960, when a fire swept the theater, also damaging the Little Hippodrome Theater next door.

A few years later, the burned out structure was razed for downtown redevelopment.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm

This theater was at one time the Columbia and a Link Theatre Organ was installed in a Columbia Theatre in Buffalo in 1924.

“Gee Dad, it was a Link!”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 30, 2008 at 6:13 am

Are we sure that the seating capacity is accurate? 428 seats for a Keith’s vaudeville theatre in a major city like Buffalo seems rather small, don’t you think?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Lost Memory-that’s why I wrote “a” Columbia Theater. I wasn’t sure. It’s the missing LINK! Sorry I had to add that.

arl on January 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm

The 1911 newspaper description of this organ was a “2600 pipe $15,000 Organ”, also described
as an “Orchestral Organ” which could produce simulated noises.

railroad on April 8, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Phone number 1960: WAshington 4588

bflonyguy on March 6, 2009 at 6:19 am

Two underpaid immigrants pushed said organ back and forth between theatres for each performance.

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