North Park Theatre

1428 Hertel Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14216

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robboehm on July 3, 2018 at 11:59 am

Interior and exterior shots appear in current Turner Classic Movie promotions.

robboehm on December 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Facade appears in a recent TV Christmas movie. Can’t remember which one. It wasn’t a Prince for Christmas because that showed the Aurora.

spectrum on January 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

The following link shows some nice interior photos featuring the extensive restoration carried out in 2013-2014. They also upgraded the infrastructure and put in digital projection.

LouB on April 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Theatre looks great! Seeing a movie here is special.

Patsy on March 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

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

cpdearing on September 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi! I work with the new ownership group. You can keep updates on our progress by following us on Facebook at and signing up at our website,

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

Advice and suggestions are welcome.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on June 11, 2013 at 3:30 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.

LouB on May 24, 2013 at 4:34 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.

DavidDymond on May 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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

John Fink
John Fink on May 23, 2013 at 6:52 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):

psmith102006 on April 9, 2013 at 1:46 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.

execelsior on February 11, 2013 at 7:39 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!!!

rtist on December 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

psmith102006 on April 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

i just went there again on 4/17/11 to see, “Kill The Irishman”. Wish we had more like the North Park. They had a good size crowd for Sunday afternoon. They don’t light the dome at the matinees only on weekend evenings. Still neat to sit there and watch a movie. The man in the boxoffice selling the tickets, is the nicest man!! Unlike the kids selling tickets at the Regal. The man selling the refreshments is great as well.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on August 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm

The Riviera in North Tonawanda, by the way, seems to keep it a big secret and tries to dismantle them from time to time. Big mistake. The public should be well aware of how important carbon arc is and help to maintain those systems.

Carbon rods are available all over Asia since it is the primary method in India and other countries.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on August 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

The Riviera Theatre, The Capital Theatre in Rome, NY, The Shea’s Buffalo and others…

LouB on August 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Sorry. I was misinformed. Are there any theatres still using carbon arc.

Buffalo International Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival on August 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Sorry. Carbon arc is disabled. Lamphouses there, but they are using Xenon.

psmith102006 on May 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm

What a theater!!! I went there last Saturday to see “City Island”. There was large attendance, I wonder if the locals support the place? Went there 40 years ago and I forgot how large the inside of the show is. Now that is the way a movie should be seen. Shame on our society for allowing so many theaters like this to disappear. Glad the North Park is still around.

roxdude on October 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

I found two Shea’s movie palaces that operated in the Pittsburgh area. One is the Fulton Theater, in Downtown Pittsburgh, still in operation and Shea’s Orpheum, in McKees Rocks, which is still standing, but dark.

LouB on December 19, 2008 at 11:08 am

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Nice article on the North Park at the site above.

LouB on October 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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There is information on the North Park at the above website.

LouB on August 5, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Mama Mia has been playing here. This is a departure from its usual foreign or art films which have an exclusive run at the North Park.

blackjackdavey on June 14, 2008 at 9:01 am

Thanks for the advice! I’ll check out both those places next time I’m near Buffalo

PGlenat on June 14, 2008 at 7:46 am

blackjackdavey: Not to take away from the little gem that the North Park is, but if you’re looking for other cinema treasures in the Buffalo area you should make a point of visiting the former Shea's
Buffalo theatre on Main St in downtown Buffalo. It has been refurbished to it’s 1920’s grandeur, along with it’s original Wurlitzer organ. Used mainly as a live performance venue today, it only rarely shows film now. However, the theatre itself is worth the visit. Also any trip to the area means a visit to the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. Not only has it been restored and regularly shows movies, but there is the added bonus of the Wurlitzer organ in it’s original setting. Besides regular monthly organ concerts, it is usually played at intermission.
Both Shea’s Buffalo (Shea’s Center for the Perfoming Arts) and the Riviera theatre have their own listings here on Cinema Treasures.