Palace Theatre

31 Buffalo Street,
Hamburg, NY 14075

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Patsy on May 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm

A nice original theatre in a quaint downtown area. Do plan to visit this summer and find the local Great Harvest Bread Company.

buildersent on May 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

What a great theater to frequent!

I went to see the most recent marvel Comic type movie on opening day (I was shocked they received it on the first day). The ticket price was almost 50% less than the chain theater a few miles away, the concessions are VERY fairly priced, popcorn is about the best I have had anywhere. The projection is digital and sharp, sound clear and adjusted appropriately. The only downside to this theater is the seats which are very small, old and the rows too close together. Uncomfortable even. Will that stop me from seeing another movie here? Probably not.

The owner offers a movie going experience that is unequaled in the southtowns and a price that is affordable for families. he is to be commended.

Patsy on February 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

LouB: A wonderful post about a survivor theatre! I have never met the Palace Theatre owner, but hope to this summer as I have talked to him over the phone!

LouB on February 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The above link is a recent article in the Buffalo News about the Palace.

Patsy on July 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I brought up the link, but didn’t see any text…only a great photo of the underside of the marquee being restored. Can you repost this Buffalo News article?

Patsy on July 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

LouB: Thanks for the Buffalo News link! I have heard there is an outdoor cafe near the Palace. It would be fun to meet there for lunch some afternoon and tour the Palace. My husband and I are in the western NY area and can be reached at

LouB on July 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

The website below updates restoration efforts regarding the marquee.

LouB on November 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I attended the Stoogefest at the Palace. It was nice seeing these timeless comedies in a historic theatre.

Patsy on November 21, 2009 at 9:30 am

I agree…no tax revenue! It would make the theatre more appealing with up and running businesses on both sides to help bring in patrons for them and for the cinema.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I agree, but the campaigns are over! I will have to ask the owner of the Palace what the status is for those 2 storefronts. The one has window curtains….so not sure.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Both storefronts have vintage glass above their entrances which makes them both appealing to the eye, in that regard.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Lost: After a closer inspection I see that the marquee is new, but too bad the neighboring storefronts aren’t more attractive with nice retail businesses.

Patsy on November 20, 2009 at 8:47 am

Lost: Do you know what year the above photo was taken? I hope to see this theatre in the coming days as I’ve communicated with the current owner, Jay Ruof. The latest news is that the marquee was restored so not sure about this photo and it’s era?

Patsy on November 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

Nice to read that the marquee has been restored! Congratulations to the Palace owner and staff.

buildersent on November 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

The Palace has restored the marquee sign with new neon and blinking bulbs – it looks great!

This theater is getting better all the time.

Great job!

Patsy on July 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

LOUB: Great article and I plan to meet with the current owner and receive a tour of the Palace sometime this summer! Congrats to the Palace marquee project!

LouB on July 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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Above is an article about the theatre’s marquee.

buildersent on July 13, 2009 at 10:34 am

This theater is always a teat to attend, not the most comfortable. but the friendliness of the staff makes up for it.

Very fair prices for admission and snacks, the theater is always clean and the projection focused and sound adjusted to a comfortable level.

Being so close to the Regal 18, this theater is not a first run house but it is worth visiting. Stoogefest, Hitchcock, late night movies are all appearing here and this theater is carving a nice niche for itself. I wish they would start some theme showings, Western Sundays, John Wayne films or Foreign Film Sundays, etc., for afternoon showings. The closest theater to show foreign films is 20+ miles away.

My one and only compaint is the using of DVDs for some specialty showings. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Stoogefest (actually used DVDs that can be purchased at FYE). I expect better quality from a movie house than what I receive at home.

When they are showing films, this theater can’t be beat. Quality theater with quality staff.

Patsy on May 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm

LOUB: Thanks for posting the hamburgpalace site as I have now emailed Jay Ruof.

Patsy on May 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

“The Palace’s sky blue ceiling with its indirect neon cove lighting are reminiscent of an atmospheric ceiling, but the Palace is not an atmospheric theatre.” Will check this out when I visit Hamburg NY this summer.

Patsy on May 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Jay also told me that plans are in the works to have the marquee restored. And I wonder if Jay is continuing to show Hitchcock movies each month? I didn’t think to ask him.

Patsy on May 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I recently received a phone call from the current owner, Jay Ruof. He is hoping to learn the name of the architect for this theatre. If anyone can provide that information, please let me know.

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I wonder if this theatre is still showing monthly Hitchcock classics? I’ve been told ordering classic movies in today’s world can be expensive due to shipping costs. I tried the theatre phone number (716-649-2295), but wasn’t able to leave a message though did hear what is being featured for the coming week!

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Lost: Thanks for the 3 photos from American Classic Images, but I wonder if this theatre had a set of original doors before the modern ones were installed. My guess is…yes. I hope to contact the current new owner, Jay Ruof.

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Below is an article entitled Theater is a Palace for New Owner.

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