9/15/2006

Curtain Up or Down?

While visiting the 'Buffalo Forge' site the other day down on Broadway, we quickly checked out what was happening next door at the former Sattler Theatre. Click the second pic in the series to see the proximity. The door was literally open.
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I first wrote about this Buffalo Theatre, about a year ago, Buffalo's Former East Side Theatre District. The "order to vacate" was stapled to the door back then. Today, it's stenciled. Ranjit, still has the best on-line piece - Buffalo's Forgotten Theatres.
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Perhaps one of the eleven pieces of heavy equipment next door will end up knocking this one down. Could "demolition by neglect" be contagious? We'll see.

Don't see anything in the Housing Court file...I'll make a few phone calls. The address here is 512 Broadway.
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5 comments:

BuffaloRox said...

This is a beautiful theater that is in an extremely unfortunate location. Reuse may be a challenge since I don't recall there being much nearby residential housing.

Karl Josker has amazing photos of Buffalo. His series of theaters can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/hdgoy

WestCoastPerspective said...

I'm still hoping that one visionary developer takes the 'leap' over Michigan and converts a near-downtown building to mixed-use. This would be a super candidate, as would many buildings along Genesee, and the former rectory (or school ?) of the church that burned and was demo'd at Pine and Broadway (unfortunately next to the City's barns). Snagged a pic of it for a future post.

fix buffalo said...

rox...

thanks for the Karl reminder. someone else sent me another Karl link in the morning's mail.

any other cool buffalo image sites that you like. let me know.

Anonymous said...

There are very very few of these old theaters left in Buffalo. There once were hundreds of them now you can count them on one hand. Main Street only has Shea's left and even that one was targeted for demo at one time. This building really must be saved!

fix buffalo said...

Anon...

Agreed. A survey of ownership and use has to be done. Adaptive re-use is so on the table with anything that is done here...