North Park Theatre
1428 Hertel Avenue,
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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.
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