Boulevard Mall 4

Maple Road & Alberta Drive,
Amherst, NY 14226

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tsar
tsar on May 13, 2015 at 4:28 am

Though I grew up closer to the Amherst theater and went to many of the older Buffalo neighborhood theaters like the Bailey, Kensington and Grenada the Boulevard Mall was for all intents and purposes the theater of my youth even though it was a trek to walk there from my Eggertsville home. Only other complex that came close was the Holiday Showcase for amount of movies seen at a particular venue circa 1975-1981. I do recall when it was just two screens, then three, then four, then gone. I used to go to sneak previews there all the time. From Nickelodeon to Close Encounters. Saw Star Wars there about ten times and spent the entire summer of 77 watching Rollercoaster close to 30 times. I think the last film I saw there was Do the Right Thing in 1989. Nothing all that special about the place. As soon as the University General Cinemas opened up down the block on Maple in August of 81 and then the AMC Maple Ridge in late 1986 this place’s days were pretty much numbered. Still don’t know how they managed to stay open over a decade past that.

hammerglenn
hammerglenn on December 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm

The cinema opened in early 1966. Going for the first time it appeared modernistic with its blue light showing on the screen as my family seated ourselves. We saw a double bill of SHIP OF FOOLS and CAT BALLOU. The first film shown there was A PATCH OF BLUE.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

The Mall opened in 1962. Did the cinema also opened at this time?

videonitekatt
videonitekatt on May 22, 2013 at 2:30 am

It was a three-screen by the mid-1970’s and latter a forth was added.

Saw STAR WARS there 7 times in 1977

psomerf
psomerf on November 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

The status of this cinema should also be changed to “Closed/Demolished” as it is long gone.

psomerf
psomerf on October 20, 2009 at 6:01 am

I think the one I am thinking of is University Cinemas.

psomerf
psomerf on October 20, 2009 at 5:16 am

I saw the full parking lot of S & S about 2 weeks before. Didn’t drive past the nonexistent Boulevard, but did drive past the other nonexistent (now Red Robin restaurant) theater in the neighborhood. I don’t know why, but I miss the old GCC cinemas.

alknobloch
alknobloch on September 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Good news Paul, the Scotch & Sirloin Restaurant is STILL in business — I just came back from Buffalo last week. However, the Boulevard Cinemas have yet to make a reappearance!

psomerf
psomerf on July 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I had a great steak there 20 years ago. On Memorial Day S&S looked closed, but their website is still up. It could have just been the day, as other normally open restaurants were closed. I’m not often in that area, so I don’t know what their status is. 20 years ago? Now i feel old.

alknobloch
alknobloch on May 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Basically correct – it shared the north end of that block on Maple with the Scotch & Sirloin Restaurant which, I believe, is still operating there today — great Alaskian King Crab !!

psomerf
psomerf on June 23, 2008 at 11:22 pm

If it is where I think it was, it wasn’t attached to the mall, but across the street. Wegman’s supermarket is there now.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 9, 2008 at 4:41 am

Where within the mall was the Cinema located?

WAJWAJ
WAJWAJ on December 2, 2005 at 9:58 pm

Theatre was actually located on Maple Road and Alberta Drive in Amherst, NY, a Buffalo suburb.

WAJWAJ
WAJWAJ on December 2, 2005 at 9:55 pm

Saturday morning matinees in the mid-1960’s were $1 for a 1930’s-style show with several cartoons, a serial (Flash Gordon, etc) and a feature…and parents enjoyed a few hours of babysitting.