Central Park Theater

2601 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14214

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Previously operated by: Basil Brothers Theatres

Architects: Harvey P. Kehr

Previous Names: Basil's Central Park Theater

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Central Park Theater

This was a three-story brick theater, at the intersection of Main Street and Fillmore Avenue. There were also other businesses and apartments in the structure.

It opened in 1913, at a cost of $50,000 with a 350 seat balcony and a $10,000 Hope-Jones organ. It was an independent theater, except for a few years in the late 1920s, when it was run by the Basil chain, and a few years in the late 1930s when the Konczakowskis ran it.

The Central Park was closed in August 1958, and torn down soon after, replaced by an Amoco gas station.

Contributed by Alan Lapp

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Alan Lapp, I’m guessing you are near Buffalo (I live near Chicago). I had the Central Park on my list of theaters to add to CT. In my hand written notes I had an address of 2001 Main Street. I don’t remember where I got it, but I thought I’d mention it to you, though your’s is most likley correct. Also in my notes—-
In 1927 a Marr & Colton Pipe Organ was installed in the Central Park Theatre and it is not known what happened to it. Anyone have any information?

“I don’t sell tickets to movies. I sell tickets to theatres.” Marcus Loew

arl on February 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I believe the address given is correct, I am sure it was on the southwest corner of Main
and Fillmore, at the point.

LouB on March 24, 2012 at 9:44 am


The link above is the obituary for the former owner of this theatre.

RaymondLepore on April 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I grew up in this place, from $00.14 cent Sat. Cartoons
to Friday night double features. Loved every minute of it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

This item is from the July 5, 1913, issue of The American Contractor:

“Picture Theater: 2 ¼ sty. 100x150. $30,000. Main st. & Fillmore av. Archt. H. P. Kehr, 503 Mutual Life bldg. Owner Buffalo Cement Co., 110 Franklin st. Up to roof. Architect desires bids on interior wood finish, electric work.”
I haven’t been able to find anything else about architect H. P. Kehr.

VinceH on November 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Harvey P. Kehr is listed as an architect in Buffalo, NY in the 1910 US Census. From what I’ve found thus far, Mr. Kehr held a variety of positions: in 1916, he was president & treasurer of Harvey P. Kehr & Co, Inc. General Building Contractors. By 1930, the census lists him as a real estate and insurance salesman who owned a farm in Royalton, NY.

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