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Shea's North Park Theatre

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Buffalo Rising, David Torke, Cinema Treasures, Joe Cascio, North Park Theater .

Location

1416 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216
Google Bird's Eye View
The building occupies an entire block front on Hertel between North Park and Norwalk. Ground floor has 14 storefront spaces and the movie theater lobby. Second floor has office space. Delaware Council District
SBL: 78.65-4-21
Erie County Property Info
County Tax Map (loads GIS page)
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Owner

1416-1448 HERTEL REALTY CORP per propertyviewer
Thomas Eoannou
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

73,000 sq.ft of theatre and retail
"Designed in the popular Neoclassicism/Classical Revival movement, the building has some of the more noticeable trappings of the movement, including pilasters, a parapet, and a portico, and certainly not least of all the monumental proportions which are hidden to the people passing by on the street. The Beaux Arts Classical Revival may have also had an influence on the design of this spacious theatre, evidenced by the rich, detailed friezes, and the centerpiece of the theatre’s ceiling, a 5-paneled recessed dome." David Steele, Buffalo Rising

"This building with its large number of shops and mixed uses gives great life to the street. It has been at the center of the Hertel rebirth and likely is a major reason for it as well. " David Steele, Buffalo Rising

Current Condition

2013 - Being restored, both interior and exterior

History

  • Built in 1920. Designed by Henry Spann.
  • Originally called Shea's North Park, part of Michael Shea's theatre chain.
  • 1950's - Marquee added
  • June 1998 - Held the world premiere of Buffalo '66, the first major film to premiere in Buffalo since The Natural opened in 1984.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2006 - Alice and Tom Eoannou perform renovations over the next few years
  • May 23, 2013 - Dipson Theatres announces it will cease operation at location on June 6, 2013.
  • May 2013 - The owners tell WIVB they will be partnering with Mike Christiano to revitalize the North Buffalo icon. Plans call for restoration work on the marquee and stain glass windows, as well as upgrades to the projector and new seats - each costing over $100,000.
  • November 2013 - Over a half million dollars has been spent on restoration efforts
  • December 2013 - Sign re-lighting and fundraiser/tour events held
  • March 2014 - North Park re-opens
  • November 2014 - The second story stained glass windows, covered by the Loew’s cinema chain in 1948, has been restored

Other Pertinent Facts

The North Park is the oldest running theatre of the former Shea's Theatre chain in the country

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Added 2013-06-06 • Last changed 2016-10-27