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Allendale Theater

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Location

207 Allen Street, Buffalo NY 14201
Also known as 203 Allen Street
Google Bird's Eye View
Fillmore Council District
SBL: 100.77-5-4
Erie County Property Info
County Tax Map (loads GIS page)
City of Buffalo Parcel Viewer Next to: 215 Allen Street
Near: 197 Allen Street
Across from: 204 Allen Street , The Buckingham

Owner

Theatre of Youth

Physical Description

Neo-Classical Revival Style

Current Condition

Current occupant is the Theatre of Youth. The building's in use as a performing arts center.

History

  • Constructed in 1913 by clothing retailer Levin Michaels.
  • Designed by Leon Lempert & Son.
  • First used to play silent films and photo-plays of Broadway musicals with a custom built symphonic organ for accompaniment.
  • In 1919 the owner installed a lavish stage and dressing rooms in order to attract the local theatre group, The Buffalo Players, and various national acts to the stage.
  • In 1985 the Allentown Association bought the property for a low price at the city foreclosure auction, reportedly outbidding someone who wanted to demolish the building and install a parking lot.
  • The Theatre of Youth raised money between 1986 and 1999 to restore and reopen the theater.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Part of the Allentown Historic Preservation District

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Added 2013-01-09 • Last changed 2016-10-27