Shea's Court Street Theatre


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50 Court Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Also known as 40 Court Street
SBL: 111.53-3-4.121
Ellicott Council District
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Next to: Denton, Cottier, & Daniels
Across from: United States Court House, the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, the Walbridge Building, and the Tucker Building


BUFFALO URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

Ornate brick theater building

Current Condition

Demolished for a parking garage. Parking garage demolished for a surface parking lot.


  • Before the theatre was built, the site was occupied by Wahle's Opera House
  • March 6, 1905 - Vaudeville theatre opens. Designed by Leon H. Lampert and Son Theatrical Architects
  • 1929 - Building sold
  • 1942 - Building became vacant
  • 1945 - Neighbors Denton, Cottier, and Daniels purchased the building to demolish it for a parking lot.
  • At some point at this time, a parking garage is build and then demolished.
  • 1976 - Denton, Cottier, and Daniels move to the suburbs. Their building is demolished, leaving the entire block empty for nearly 40 years and counting
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press

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Added 2013-11-25 • Last changed 2017-03-23