Little Hippodrome Theater
263 Main Street,
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Most sources credit the Bijou Dream as being Buffalo’s first moving picture theater, but there is some evidence that this theater may have opened weeks earlier. It did open around 1906, in an existing five-story building.
Called the Hippodrome Theater in early years, it had one of the first Wurlitzer theater organs. In 1914, when Micheal Shea opened his Hippodrome Theater up the street, this theater became the Little Hippodrome Theater.
Originally opened by Rudolph Wagner, it was run by the Bailey family in later years. It was damaged in 1960, by a fire in Keith’s Theater, which was next door. When the Little Hippodrome Theater closed two years later, the local newspaper described it as “a haven where one could keep warm for a nominal fee”. It was torn down shortly after closure.
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