Allendale Theatre

203 Allen Street,
Buffalo, NY 14201

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Patsy on May 16, 2012 at 6:51 am

Going to see the musical Charlotte’s Web on June 2. Can’t wait to see this restored theatre in the heart of the Allentown area of Buffalo.

Patsy on May 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

CSWalczak: Thanks!

CSWalczak on May 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

There are some before and after renovation pictures on the theater’s official website.

Patsy on May 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

And does this theatre now have an organ? Former CT member, Lost Memory tells us it had a Beman organ.

Patsy on May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

LouB: The interior view link doesn’t seem to work. Hope to see this theatre, in person, soon!

CSWalczak on May 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’m not sure why you made the comment on this theater’s page, dickneeds, but perhaps you might like to see this interior picture of Loew’s Teck showing the Cinerama screen. It’s not the widest one I have ever seen and I doubt that patrons at the extreme left and right sides got the full effect, but I would think that center section folks were probably suitably impressed.

dickneeds111 on May 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

After looking at a picture of the Lowes Tek in its Cinerama days it looks like to me that it must have been a horrible place to see 3-strip cinerama. The Aud looks too narrow up front and to spread ot at the rear. At least in Boston, Providence, San Diego and Washington(Uptown) these theatres had both width and length. Maybe I’m wrong but like I say I have never been there and am only guessing from a picture.

LouB on June 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

There is a film series ( documentaries at this theatre taking place now. It has been a while since films were screened here.

Patsy on May 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

And are there any Beman organ sites out there with a directory as to past and present locations?

Patsy on May 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

A white Wurlitzer! You have the best humor and again, I thank the lights in a flashing marquee that you are a CT member…should be an honorary member, imo.

Patsy on May 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

Lost: I just called the phone number and left a message as I hope to receive a tour of this theatre that has been saved!

Patsy on May 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

Did this theatre have an organ and after restoration is it still there and intact or being restored? If so, I’m sure it was a Wurlitzer.

alknobloch on May 18, 2009 at 10:30 am

My only recollection of this theater was during it’s last run as a movie house when they ‘redecorated’ the interior in a motiff that somewhat resembled a warehouse — the walls were covered with what looked like split apart burlap sacks!

LouB on April 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

The above website has a picture of the Allendale with its marquee intact.

railroad on April 9, 2008 at 5:06 am

Phone number 1963: TT6-9547

LouB on March 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

View link

This site shows the marquee of the Allendale.

LouB on February 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm

This theatre was used in the movie,The Natural.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 6, 2008 at 8:40 am

Actually in LOST MEMORY’S above post make sure to look at all 9 photos to see the beautiful ceilings, walls and stained glass in the other photos. I have to agree with Karl the photographer that you would not know that the building was a theatre and it would be nice if they would recreate it’s original marquee.

Now for something completly different. Accidentlly when I was looking on the photo site that LOST MEMORY had posted. I went to KARL’S ALL GALLERIES and then to 38 YEARS WITH JENIFER and then looked at each photo and READ NEXT EACH CAPTION. “1969 THE JOURNEY BEGINS” Good for everyone to read, especially someone who is going to get married. If it won’t move you, your heart is “a lump of lead as cold as steel”. I like the one for anyone who has or will ever have teenagers “1989-Maine This was a tough time for us; our teenage son was giving us fits. He eventually enlisted in the Navy, went in a boy and came home a man. He earned his battle ribbons in the Gulf War. We all grew from the experience.”


LouB on July 14, 2006 at 7:10 pm

TOY has done an excellent job of refurbishing the theater! It would be helpful if a marquee or some type of sign were erected to replace the original marquee.

kencmcintyre on May 31, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Here is a short biography of Irving and Mary Cohen, the owners of the Allendale in the 1940s and 50s:

WAJWAJ on December 2, 2005 at 7:22 pm

As sam_e referred to on 13 Nov 2004, I recall skipping school with a bunch of guys during junior year of high school to see “Deep Throat,” the day before the picture was “ordered” shut down.

PGlenat on January 3, 2005 at 2:54 pm

It’s doubtful that the organ was still in the theater prior to TOY taking over and refurbishing it. A succession of operators over the years who just didn’t care allowed the place to fall into a serious state of disrepair. When restoration was first proposed it was reported that little of the original detail was still in place. I’m certain that the organ had been sold off years before.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 3, 2005 at 2:26 pm

In 1915 (two years after opening) a Beman Symphonie organ was installed to accompany the silent movies. Its current status is unknown, but I’m sure it is not located in the theatre today.

PGlenat on November 13, 2004 at 10:05 am

Oops. you’re right. I was dredging the title up from 20 or so years back. Well I tried. Thanks for the correction.