Genesee Theatre

1600 Genesee Street,
Buffalo, NY 14211

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Previously operated by: Basil Brothers Theatres

Architects: Henry L. Spann

Styles: Adam

Previous Names: Basil's Genesee Theatre

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Genesee Theater, Buffalo N.Y.
Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

LouB on October 1, 2008 at 9:08 pm

The website above shows a picture of this theatre.

marley111 on April 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I lived on Nevada the 60s and went to the Genesee Show often. I remember if the Ushers saw you throwing popcorn they would make you stand in the center of the lobby for 5-10 mins before allowing you back to your seat.
After the movie we would walk a block to Wicks on the corner of Genesee & Montana Streets where we’d enjoy a fosfate & listen to music from the jukebox.
It was great being a kid back then….so many special memories.
Brenda P.

paulgs15147 on April 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

My Great Grandfather George Schaaf of the construction company of the same name built a theater on Genesee st. sometime after 1914. The architech was Martin C Miller. any idea if this is the theater, or if there were or are other old theaters on Genesee St. Paul S

MFaust on June 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

My childhood neighborhood theater. The photo must be from its last days – note the Visa logo on the furniture store: that didn’t exist until 1975, so the photo is probably at least a few years after that. When I worked at the Riviera in North Tonawanda in the 1980s, I loved knowing that parts of the Genesee survived there.

bobtoplin on February 20, 2016 at 7:53 pm

To paulgs15147…………………you`re thinking of the New Columbia at 449 Genesee at Spring.. Arch. M.C. Miller, opened Apr.15, 1915. Razed 1956.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Here is a larger version of an image on this theater’s photo page, the Marr and Colton organ company’s 1928 ad illustrated with a couple of images of the Gennesee Theatre.

paulgs15147 on August 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Just saw this, thanks bobtoplin, I will check in on it.

Padawg on April 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

I remember seeing the inside of this theatre in the late 1970s or perhaps 1980. The fellow that arranged for us to get inside this theater suggested that we go early in the morning before the neighborhood got too lively. As I recall, it was in wintertime and the building was not heated except for a glassed area toward the top of the auditorium. A couple of “gentlemen” were actively participating in the adult film that was showing on the screen. A sad ending to what was once a very nice neighborhood theatre.

pnelson on April 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Nice exterior architecture. The cars look like the 70’s to me. Interior of this theatre is lovely.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Facebook link to 3 vintage Basil’s Genesee Theatre promotional posters. Scroll right on link.

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