Unity / Showplace Theater


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Photo credit: Joe Sparacio via Buffalo News, Showplace Theater


1065 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Also known as 1063 Grant Street
SBL: 88.27-3-64
North Council District
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Joe Breidenstein
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Physical Description

8,000 sq.ft. 604 seat theater

Current Condition

Undergoing renovations. Front facade windows have been blocked with glass-block by a previous owner.


  • 1910 - Built as Unity Theater
  • 1930s/1940s - Renamed Try-It Theater
  • 1995 - Turned into a concert venue named Showplace Theater

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • May 2008 - Closed following the death of owner Peter Goretti
  • 2010 - Purchased by Joe “Roxbury” Breidenstein for $60,000
  • 2014 - Scheduled to re-open after extensive renovation
    • Buffalo News: "Improvements include a new roof, repointing the exterior brick, repairing the water-damaged south wall, adding new doors and light fixtures, fixing the air conditioning and heating systems, rebuilding the stage and bar floor, and enhancing the basement for use as a green room. Breidenstein added a screen on the stage as an homage to the Showplace’s movie theater past."

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Added 2014-03-14 • Last changed 2016-10-27