North Park Theatre
Shea's North Park
The North Park Theatre
|Address||1428 Hertel Avenue|
Buffalo, New York
|Architect||Henry L. Spann|
Originally called Shea's North Park, the theatre, along with Shea's Performing Arts Center, serves as a remnant of the now defunct Shea's theatre chain, once owned by early twentieth century businessman Michael Shea. Its design by Henry Spann was influenced by the neoclassical movement. The auditorium features a proscenium above the screen and a 5-paneled recessed dome arched into the ceiling, both decorated with murals by Raphael Beck.
The North Park operated under Dipson Theatres until May 2013, when it was purchased by a new ownership group.. The theater closed for an eight-month restoration that included returning ornamental features such as the plaster dome and proscenium in the auditorium to their former glory. The theater reopened on March 7th, 2014, and screens a mixture of children's', independent, specialty, and occasionally first-run films. In November 2014, a restored stained-glass window above the marquee that had long been hidden behind a concrete panel, was unveiled.
In June 1998, the North Park held the world premiere of Buffalo '66. This marked the first major film to premiere in Buffalo since The Natural opened in 1984. In attendance were Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, and Asia Argento. In July 2018, The First Purge, which filmed in 2017 in Buffalo, NY, premiered starring “The City of Buffalo”.
- Sommer, Mark "Lighting up Hertel Strip" The Buffalo News, April 2, 2006
- Esmonde, Donn "At the North Park, a Vestige of Elegance in a Sterile World" The Buffalo News, January 10, 1993
- DiDomizio, Joseph "The North Park: Uncovering Neoclassicism in a Buffalo Theatre" Buffalo Rising, February 23, 2008
- List of works by Raphael Beck at Meibhom Fine Arts Meibhom Fine Arts
- Simon, Jeff "North Park Theatre Won't Be Going Dark" The Buffalo News, May 23, 2013
- Kuczynski, Alex "Vincent Gallo's American Buffalo" The New York Times, June 28, 1998
- Simon, Jeff "A Local Premiere for 'Buffalo 66'" The Buffalo News, June 9, 1998