Greyhound Bus Station / Alleyway Theatre


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672 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14202
Also known as 664 Main Street
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.38-3-3
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Next to: 650 Main Street and 674 Main Street
Across from: 665 Main Street


City of Buffalo

Physical Description

One story building replaced by streamlined two story 34,000sq. ft. Art Moderne building. Its style includes round windows, curved walls, stainless steel and aluminum alloy trim, terrazzo floors, limestone façade, and exterior glazed tile.

Current Condition

Restored, in use as a theater.


  • 1941 - Constructed in 1941 by Central Greyhound Lines, the building was the city’s primary bus depot. Designed by architect William Arrasmith.
  • 1970s - Greyhound moved to new facilities in the late 1970s.
  • 1979 - In 1979 the depot was used by MGM in the film "Hide In Plain Sight”.
  • June 1979 - The City of Buffalo announced that it would purchase the depot for $50,000, and renovate a portion of the building as a police station.
  • 1983 - The city leases space to a theatre company.
  • December 1985 - A 2.5 year renovation project was completed and the 100 seat Alleyway Theatre opened

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • April 2001 - The Buffalo Police move down the street, giving the theatre full use of the building.
  • September 2005 - Another $1.5 million renovation was performed to create the 70 seat Main Street Cabaret, along with new lobby and grand stair case, administrative offices, rehearsal halls, scenery and costume shops, dressing rooms, an exhibit gallery and a conference room. Architects for the renovation project were Dominic Palmisano and Sandy Edelman of Palmisano Architecture And Design. Alleyway Theatre

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Theater Historic Preservation District
  • Architect William S. Arrasmith of Louisville created over one hundred stations for Greyhound in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
  • This building is one of only a handful of Mr. Arrasmith’s creations which is still standing.


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Added 2013-01-09 • Last changed 2016-12-20