Buffalo Theatre District

The Buffalo Theatre District in downtown Buffalo, New York, United States, is the center of Buffalo's theater scene and draws Broadway shows that are in preview stage or on tour.[1][2][3][4] It is bounded roughly by Washington, Tupper, Pearl and Chippewa Streets.

Buffalo Theatre District
Neighborhood of Buffalo
Coordinates: 42°53′29″N 78°52′21″W / 42.89139°N 78.87250°W / 42.89139; -78.87250Coordinates: 42°53′29″N 78°52′21″W / 42.89139°N 78.87250°W / 42.89139; -78.87250
Country United States
State New York
CountyErie County
CityBuffalo, New York

The impetus for saving and revitalizing the district came from a 1978 plan sponsored by Jimmy Griffin, Mayor of Buffalo. The co-directors of the master plan were Harold Cohen, Dean of the SUNY Buffalo School of Architecture, and David Parry, Architect and Professor of the Urban Design Studio. A crash program was needed because of the threat of wholesale demolition.

There were over 50 theaters in the district in the early 20th C., when the city was called the "Gateway to the West", and served by railroads and the new Erie Canal. In the 1950s, growth reversed into a decline, after the Welland Canal was opened thru Canada. By 1978 the district was over 65% vacant.

The plan called for the City to take ownership of most buildings thru tax foreclosure, then restore facades, and manage the district via a new nonprofit corporation.[5][6]

From 1980 to 2004, in accordance with the area's land development terms, 25% of the net profit from the district was returned to the city by the nonprofit corporation. The district received about $60 million from government to restore it and finance development.[7]

A film explaining the 1978 planning process, titled "The Revitalization of Buffalo's Historic Theater District", can be seen on YouTube.

The district contains a number of theaters, including:

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  1. ^ Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 331 Most Interesting Colleges 2005. Simon and Schuster. 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Jim Volz (2007). The Back Stage Guide to Working in Regional Theater: Jobs for Actors. Random House. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Mary Burzlaff Bostic (2010). 2011 Photographer's Market. Writer's Digest. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "BUFFALO, THEATER DISTRICT SPARKLE". The Buffalo News. September 20, 1997. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  5. ^ The Cultural Post. The Endowment. 1980. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Kevin W. Green (1983). The City as a stage: strategies for the arts in urban economics. Partners for Livable Places. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  7. ^ James Heaney (November 16, 2004). "ARTISTIC SUCCESS, FISCAL FAILURE". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 8, 2013.

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