Lovejoy Theatre

1020 E. Lovejoy Street,
Buffalo, NY 14206

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Photo credit Jim Retzer.

Located on the corner of Lovejoy Street & Davey Street. Opened as the Lovejoy Palace Theatre in around 1909. It was later renamed Lovejoy Theatre, and was closed and demolished in the late-1940’s. A supermarket was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

The address of the Lovejoy Theatre that was listed in city directories in the 1920s was 1002 Lovejoy Street, which is still the address on the Cricket Wireless building today.

This document (a Microsoft Word file) about some of Buffalo’s silent era theaters quotes the minutes of the common council meeting of March 1, 1909, containing this information about the first Lovejoy Theatre:

“Christian Mumenthaler and one, to build frame nickelodeon, 25x100x15 feet high, front of lot, northwest corner of Lovejoy and Davey streets.”
It also says that the architect of the Lovejoy Theatre was P.L. Cimini. It also lists him as the architect of the nearby Avon Theatre.

In addition, it says that the first Lovejoy Theater was demolished in the late 1940s, which I originally misread (or mis-remebered) as simply 1940.

DavidZornig on May 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Photo & description added credit Jim Retzer. The original Lovejoy Theater, circa 1919. A cherished snapshot from my personal collection.

TEMPTATION – a lost silent comedy film directed by Cecil B DeMille – was originally released 30 December 1915. It was also very successfully re-released in March of 1919. This fits in nicely with the information that the Lovejoy re-opened in 1919.

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