525 Main Street


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Building on left. Photo credit: Buffalo Rising and David Steele


525 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.46-9-16
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Adjacent to: 529 Main Street and 523 Main Street
Across from: L.L. Berger


LU XIAO BAO & LU MEELING per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

Three (formerly four) story commercial building

Current Condition

First floor in use as a Chinese restaurant. Facade has been altered/covered with dry-vit, windows have been altered, fourth floor was removed, and the cornice is missing.


  • 1881 - Constructed as a 4 story investment property for Francis J. Handel
  • Architect: George J. Metzger
  • 1909-1953 - Operated as one of the first movie theaters in Buffalo
    • 1909 - Vendome
    • 1912 - Happy Hour
    • Later as the Embassy
    • During WWII as Telenews Theatre
  • 1960s - The 4th floor was removed
History via Local Historic District nomination prepared by Martin Wachadlo and Francis Kowsky for Rocco Termini's Signature Development

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the 500 Block local historic preservation district


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Added 2013-10-22 • Last changed 2018-01-22