New Angola Theatre

72 N. Main Street,
Angola, NY 14006

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LouB on January 18, 2014 at 8:50 am


The link above deals with the death of the former owner.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2012 at 2:40 am

In 1930, the architect of this theater, George E. Eichenlaub, wrote some articles about theater design and construction for Motion Picture Times. Eichenlaub called his projects “Standard Theaters.”

The article in the January 14 issue focused on an unnamed 500-seat theater in a small town some 18 miles from a major city, which fits Angola’s relationship to Buffalo. There is a drawing of the theater’s facade, which looks virtually identical to the 1985 American Classic Images photo of the Angola.

As the article never gives the theater’s name, and the design was intended to be somewhat generic, we can’t be sure that the theater described and pictured is the Angola, but there’s a good possibility that it is.

It’s also possible that there are other theaters built along the same lines scattered about the region, and some larger theaters designed along the lines of the 750-seat house described in Eichenlaub’s article in the February 11, 1930 issue of Motion Picture Times.

Patsy on January 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the photos, Chuck and good to see you on CT in 2011. Aloha?

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I simply vote for the name Angola Theatre!

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

OK…will do! And speaking of photos when will the add a photo feature be reinstalled on CT? I and a former manager would like to see a photo added of our hometown theatre, the Grand/Westfield NY.

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 1:38 pm

And since a movie was in progress I wasn’t able to see the auditorium design with the house lights up, but will this summer when I head to the Hamburg Fair entitled “Love a Fair” this year.

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

LOL! No! We were with friends and they were kind enough to drive by and let me go inside to say hello to the kids behind the counter and tell them they are lucky to have this theatre in their hometown. Not sure if they appreciated what I was telling them, but maybe they will….someday!

Patsy on May 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I’ve been to this theatre, but only in the lobby…will check it out this summer!

LFOP on October 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Here’s a 2007 view of the NEW ANGOLA Theater:

roberttoplin on May 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm

The architect of the 1924 Angola was Eichenlaub of Erie,PA.

richardg on July 10, 2006 at 2:43 pm

Hi Patsy, sorry no relation. Had written a lot more but for some reason an error occured when I tried to preview it. Too busy to type it again right now, but will comment again soon

Patsy on July 9, 2006 at 5:53 pm

Richard G: You aren’t by chance, Richard Geitner? If so, I’ve been wanting to speak with you about the former Geitner Theatre in Silver Creek NY which was built by the Geitner family. I’ve been wanting to take a tour of this theatre, but can’t seem to reach the present owner whose name is Matt.

Patsy on February 9, 2005 at 7:28 pm

I am very good friends with the couple who started Claddagh and communicate with them quite often so will let them know of the recent New Angola Theatre Cinema Treasures posts.

NewAngolaTheater on February 9, 2005 at 1:36 pm

You can visit their website to see prices, movies and showtimes, concessions at or on your wap enabled moble phone at

Patsy on December 14, 2004 at 6:28 pm

And I hope to see a movie at the New Angola Theatre in ‘05!

Patsy on December 14, 2004 at 6:27 pm

Richard G: I wasn’t aware that the theatre in Angola went by the name NEW Angola Theatre so wasn’t able to find it until I started doing through the entire NY list as there are over 1,000 listed, but my interest falls with the ones in western New York State, primarily.

Patsy on December 14, 2004 at 6:24 pm

Yes, the New Angola Theatre is the Claddagh Commission and I proudly know the folks who started Claddagh!

richardg on September 1, 2004 at 6:32 pm

The non-profit group which owns and runs The New Angola Theatre is the Claddagh Commission. Their purpose is to aid and provide employment opportunities to the mentally challanged and others who might need their assistance. So when you see a movie at The New Angola, you’ll not only have great movie experience but you’ll also be helping a worthwhile organization.
I first discovered the Angola theatre in 1996 and seriously considered leasing it from Dightner (sp?), who owned the theatre at the time. The theatre’s mechanics and dire need of improvements scared me away. It was nice to return to the theatre which was almost mine and actually see a movie. The theatre is a second run house but both the admission and concessions are reasonably priced. I saw “Anchorman” on August 28, 2004.