Lovejoy Theatre

1171 E. Lovejoy Street,
Buffalo, NY 14206

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Lovejoy Theatre

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The Streamline Moderne style Lovejoy Theatre was opened around 1940. It was closed in 1979, and was taken over by the city and converted into a swimming pool.

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matts325 on December 1, 2004 at 7:56 pm

The old Theater is now an indoor swimming pool. It was converted in the mid 1980s and has served that purpose ever since.

A photo is available at:

Patsy on December 14, 2004 at 6:22 pm

Under the photo that is found on the site it reads “This theater has been converted to an indoor swimming pool; there is very little on the inside to suggest that it was ever a theater. The staff are warm and welcoming, and are eager to show anyone around.” I’m sure this is very true, but those of us who have studied former theatres can tell that the doors to this indoor swimming pool are most definitely signs of it being a former theatre and a big tip off to that fact!

Patsy on May 18, 2007 at 4:48 pm

I’ve never made it to this former theatre, but will try this summer and report back here.

Patsy on May 18, 2007 at 5:01 pm

LOL! I thought about adding that comment to my post! I think the original looking front doors are beautiful so I look forward to seeing them. They remind me of what one might have seen at the old Greyhound Bus Terminals. Check out

LouB on September 8, 2007 at 9:10 pm

The Lovejoy Pool is featured in the book Silent Screens by Michael Putnam.

railroad on April 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Located at 1171 Lovejoy, phone number 1960: HUmboldt 8310

arl on December 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm

There were actually three Lovejoy Theaters. (And because of renumbering of Lovejoy St, there may
some address confusion). The first theater was a storefront, known as the Lovejoy Palace. This
opened around 1909, and closed in the teens. The second Lovejoy was opened in 1919 by Sam
Rappaport. He also ran the nearby Avon for some years. This Lovejoy was closed in the 1940s,
but soon after this family opened the New Lovejoy at 1169 Lovejoy. This was an Art Deco Theatre
designed by William Spann. This was the last new, single screen theater, built in the city of
Buffalo. The Rappaport ran the show until 1975. New owners reopened the theater and ran
it until 1979. Later the City took it over, and converted it into an indoor swimming pool.
The second Lovejoy was a grocery for time, its present status unknown.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2012 at 1:37 am

I’ve updated the street view to the Lovejoy Pool building, which has the address 1171 E. Lovejoy Street, at the corner of Gold Street. The building is obviously the former third Lovejoy Theatre, built in the 1940s. I think I might have seen a rendering of the Lovejoy in an issue of Boxoffice a couple of weeks ago, but I can’t remember which issue it was and I’ve been unable to find it again.

Holidayguy on December 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

If anyone knows for sure, I would like to know the address of the old Lovejoy Theater….I live on Lovejoy the building that used to be the Avon Theater, which was repurposed and had a second floor installed in it in the mid 80’s. I know the pool building, but don’t know where the other one was.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

This .doc file (opens with Microsoft Word) lists some silent era theaters in Buffalo. It says that the first Lovejoy Theatre (originally called the Lovejoy Palace Theatre) was built in 1909 at the northwest corner of Lovejoy and Davey. The address was given as 1198 Lovejoy. It was in a newly-constructed wood framed building 25 x 100 feet.

In 1919, the Lovejoy Theatre was listed at 1202 Lovejoy, which is the modern address of the lot on the northwest corner of Lovejoy and Davey, so it looks as though there was only one Lovejoy Theatre before the one converted into a pool was built, but its address was changed sometime between 1909 and 1914 (for some reason, in the 1924 directory it was listed at 1196 Lovejoy, but the next year it was back at 1202.) My guess would be that it might have been remodeled or even substantially rebuilt around 1919, giving rise to the idea that there were three theaters called the Lovejoy.

The document says that the original Lovejoy Theatre was demolished in 1940 to make way for the Nu-Way Supermarket. The building now on the site is probably the one built in 1940, small though it is. Supermarkets were a lot smaller in those days than they are now. The building currently houses the office of Cricket Wireless.

Though Film Daily was still listing the Lovejoy at 1202 in 1950, if this document is correct the theater probably moved to the new building at 1171 Lovejoy sometime in the 1930s. The Streamline Modern lines of the building certainly look more pre-war than post-war. Film Daily still listing the house at the old address long after it had moved would no surprise to anyone familiar with that publication’s perennial failure to keep information up-to-date.

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