Buffalo Music Hall / Teck Theatre


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766 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
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Also known as 766 Main Street

Adjacent to the Vernor Building
Across the street from: Cyclorama Building, St. Louis RC Church, Courier Express Building, Sidway Building, and Spaulding Building


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Physical Description

The original hall was built in French Renaissance Revival style. The second hall was built in Romanesque Revival style. The movie theater redesign was called Pompeian Moderne.

Current Condition

Demolished. Vacant lot for two decades on a prominent corner of Main Street.


  • 1882 - Home of Judge Ebenezer Walden, mayor of Buffalo 1838-1839, demolished for the Music Hall
  • 1883 - Music Hall designed by August Esenwein and built by the German Young Men's Association
  • March 25th, 1885 - Fire destroys first Music Hall
  • 1887 - Construction of second Music Hall, designed by Richard Waite
  • 1900 - Building became known as the Teck Theatre
  • 1933 - The theater closed
  • 1945 - The building became a movie theater, also named Teck. The building underwent significant interior and exterior changes.
  • 1980s - The rear of the building was demolished to make way for a Pearl Street connector as a drain from the 33 into downtown
  • 1992 - The remainder of the theater was demolished
history courtesy WNY Heritage Press

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2006 - First Amherst Development Group announced an intention to develop the site of the Teck Theater and the Vernor Building into residential units, but the Vernor Building was demolished and no development on either site is currently planned.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Theater Historic Preservation District
  • The original Teck Theater seated 3,350 in 2 separate halls. The movie theater had one screen and sat 1,362.


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Added 2013-07-02 • Last changed 2018-09-21