Karl R. Josker
The Theaters Of Buffalo
Karl R. Josker
2188 Seneca St. Buffalo
Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1/160s f/8.0 at 28.0mm iso100
© 2007 by Karl R. Josker
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When you look at the front of the building you don't get the feeling that it was a large theater but it was very big. When you walked in past the ticket booth you went through a very large long lobby and you would enter through some doors as they took your tickets. This area was very large concession stand, rest rooms the theater was off to your left,so if you wanted to sit on the right side of the theater you had to walk a good ways to get to your isle and turn left. there was a area where there was no seats and people would sit on the floor not because there was no seats they wanted to.The screen was much larger than most neighborhood shows and the sound was very good. I also think it was a great place to make the ushers earn there money had a lot of fun there!!
Don't forget when it turned into "Phycis", not sure of the spelling but I do remember seeing the national rock band "The Zombies" here. Had to be in the mid to late 1960's.
If I'm not mistaken that was Miller's Bowling Alley. I remember it being always busy & full of smoke. Spent many a Saturday in the theater. Everybody in the neighbor hood would be there. Amazing how a popcorn box would fly when it was flattened out. The only price I remember for a movie was .35, such a deal by today's prices @ $10-$12. Everybody had to line up on on Seneca and sometimes the line would go to Buffem St. I'm sure Fishman's 5 & 10 didn't care for it much blocking the entrance to the store. Good times!
This the theater that me and my buddies went to every Saturday morning during the early-mid 1950's. We saw cartoons, serials and LOTS of movies. I remember seeing "Rock Around the Clock" there with...my parents!
Isn't that part of the old Rooftop Skyroom complex?? Lots of concerts there in the 80's. I Believe it was also called The Salty Dog as well.
Now there's a picture to spark a trip down Memory Lane with ax and crowbar! Saw my first horror flick there - James Arness in The Thing, as I recall. I was scared witless. You might be interested in knowing that the smaller windows seen on the second floor on the left side of the picture were to a bowling alley on that second floor. You reached it through the door to the left of the double doors under the marquee (the one which looks like it has a steel roll-up over it now) which was at the foot of the flight of stairs. I bowled there many years as well.