North Park Theatre

1428 Hertel Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14216

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North Park Theatre, Buffalo, NY

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Originally part of the Shea’s chain, the North Park Theatre exemplified a spacious comfortable neighborhood theatre, which originally seated 1,222 when it opened in 1920. While certainly not a movie palace like the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (now the Shea’s Performing Arts Center), it’s grand by today’s expectations. The theatre building (and the theatre itself) have that solid look and feel that’s almost impossible to reproduce with modern architecture.

The beautiful wooden entry doors and marble entryway represent sharp contrast to the multiplexes. The marquee is impressive and although the theatre is a little worn it’s kept tidy. Even more important, it’s kept adequately warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

I don’t think I’d catagorize the North Park Theatre as an art house but they tend to show only semi-mainstream and some foreign films. I’ve seen several good films at the North Park Theatre. Their popcorn is good and the neighborhood hosts many excellent reasonably priced restaurants. Operated by Dipson Theatres for many years, it was taken over by independent management in 2013. Restoration and renovations were carried out, and new digital projection equipment installed. The North Park Theatre was reopened March 7, 2014 with “Girl on a Bicycle”.

A trip to the North Park Theatre and Hertel Avenue is an enjoyable experience.

Contributed by Richard Grows

Recent comments (view all 62 comments)

rtist
rtist on December 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

http://www.buffalotreasures.com/north-park-theater/

execelsior
execelsior on February 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I remember going to this movie house many times while I was at UB. It was a great place and showed many European films at that time. It had an interesting decor, but could have done with a little smartening up – I don’t think people realize what a treasure this place is. Always enjoyed going there. I am glad to see that it is still open for business. Well done owners and staff!!!

psmith102006
psmith102006 on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Why does the North Park have that funny metal stage where the wooden stage would of been? There is also a baby grand piano on that stage as well. I went there in the 1970’s and the funny stage and piano where there back then.

John Fink
John Fink on May 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Great news is although it had been reported Dipson is closing it on June 6th, the building’s owner and a local restauranteur are planning on upgrading and restoring this beautiful cinema (which sadly isn’t in the greatest shape): http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130523/CITYANDREGION/130529619/1010

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Was this theatre owned and operated by the BASIL BROTHERS???

LouB
LouB on May 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

The Dipsons have lost money for the last 5 years showing art films. Maybe some diversity might work-second run films at reduced prices, kids matinees on Saturday, classical films. Just a thought.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on June 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

With community support, it is possible that the Buffalo Cinematheque may help resurrect and upgrade the theater. Look for a KickStarter soon to support this. It will require serious interest on the part of the entire community.

cpdearing
cpdearing on September 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hi! I work with the new ownership group. You can keep updates on our progress by following us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nptheatre and signing up at our website, http://www.northparktheatre.org

The goal is to create a DESTINATION movie theatre experience for films buffs all over the Northeast.

Advice and suggestions are welcome.

Patsy
Patsy on March 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

Pleased to see North Park on CT and do plan to visit this restored gem this summer.

LouB
LouB on April 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Theatre looks great! Seeing a movie here is special.

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