Erlanger Theatre


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120 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Now part of a larger 70 Niagara Square parcel
SBL: 111.45-4-1.11
Ellicott Council District
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On the same parcel as: 75 South Elmwood Avenue, 103 Niagara Street , and 99 Niagara Street
Across from: Statler Hotel and Statler Garage


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

Renaissance Revival-styled 1500 seat theater, later converted into offices.

Current Condition

Demolished. Now a federal courthouse.


  • 1927 - Built for Statler Hotels, Inc. and leased to Abraham Lincoln Erlanger
    • Architects Whitney Warren & Charles Wetmore, from New York City. The firm also designed Grand Central Station.
  • 1956 - The theater closed. A Rochester purchaser scheduled it for demolition.
  • 1959 - Darwin R. Martin (son of Darwin D. Martin) purchased the building and gutted the theater's interior for a conversion into commercial use.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2005 - Tenant Lawley Insurance moved to the Pleu Building as the Erlanger was acquired by the federal General Services Administration and demolished to make way for the federal courthouse project
  • 2007 - Demolished for a federal courthouse. The courthouse wastes most of a city block with an empty lawn, and has been derided for its poor concrete facade on the north side.

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Added 2014-06-09 • Last changed 2016-10-27