Walden Galleria 12

6 Walden Galleria Drive,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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rivest266 on October 14, 2022 at 11:53 pm

Last date of business: June 25th, 2006.

DavidZornig on May 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm

1989 & 1991 photos added credit The Buffalo News, via website below.


John Fink
John Fink on June 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Thanks – I also assume Hoyts had a solid relationship with Pyramid as they were operators at their other malls but retreated from here. Regal picked up those locations and interestingly enough they won back this former Hoyts site. I guess I can’t fault Regal for the name, I sat in a slopped seating theater this weekend Rave bought from National Amusements and saw the pre-show slide reveal “Rave: The Ultimate Stadium Theaters” um no – they just bought some high quality non-stadium theaters, they need to change their marketing and deal with it.

As Paul mentioned, AMC of coarse still has Maple Ridge which is always clean and well run but a bit of a mystery: this type of 80’s era AMC were closed years ago, it’s rare to find AMC still running a theater that looks like this (it’s atmosphere is similar to Morristown, NJ’s Headquarters 10 which is now run by local chain Clearview Cinemas).

I’m not sure what AMC’s long term goals are in Buffalo, while Maple Ridge has a 3-D projector which would indicate a sign of confidence and long term stability (there are other AMCs that don’t have one) they also are now doing “weekday escape” pricing – all shows are $4.50, which might have other indications. I suppose it still does alright.

I secretly hope AMC allows it’s lease to expire and Dipson takes over Maple Ridge. Then again there is the possibility that one of the two theaters Regal is going to trade to AMC (as a result of the Kerasotes deal) could be in the Buffalo region (I’m thinking Elmwood or Niagara Falls), it certainly would avoid any DOJ conflict.

crunchocky on June 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

CinemaTour has it listed as Walden Galleria Stadium 12 because Regal operated the complex under that name (despite the theatre’s lack of stadium seating). Regal never replaced any of the theatre’s interior or exterior signage after taking it over so I’m thinking that they worked out a deal with Pyramid for the new complex after, given either the option to leave entirely or remain with the mall as an anchor to the expansion, AMC decided to leave (which would make sense given the fact that they have shown little to no support for the Buffalo market and had a very poor relationship with Pyramid).

psomerf on June 5, 2010 at 10:06 am

So it cut off the original edit, any way. :–/

Cinema was built before the stadium craze. Last movie I saw there was 12/31/99 when it was General Cinemas. It was not stadium then. I suspect Cinema Tour is wrong. They even have a photo of a room there, and it didn’t have stadium seating. While money could have been dumped into the place, I doubt it.

psomerf on June 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

Odd editing.

AMC would have also spent money by now to fix their aged cinema in Amherst. (I haven’t been there in a few years, so maybe they have.) And when Regal took it over, I think that’s when they decided to tear down and rebuild. I was out of the area for a while, and when I was in town, I went to the Quaker Crossing as it was closer, and had stadium seating. Still do, in fact, but last flick I was was at Galleria.

John Fink
John Fink on May 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Did the original ever have stadium seating, I’ve seen it listed a few places as Walden Galleria Stadium 12? If so which operator retrofit it? If not CinemaTour is wrong.

crunchocky on April 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I was close on Memorial Day…. Regal has announced a May 22 opening for this theatre’s replacement complex. Presumably crews would then move on to starting the Barnes and Noble location that is still waiting to be constructed on the site of where this theatre once was.

crunchocky on April 14, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Although it looked like there was very little chance that crews would be able to make the mall’s May 2008 opening date for the replacement theatre the last time I was at the Galleria (March 30th), the theatre was listed on Fandango earlier today- which makes me believe that they at least think that they can make May (possibly something like Memorial Day weekend). Keep in mind however the theatre Regal has (or had, as they appear to be near opening there as well) under construction in Albany (which is an upper floor build similar to this theatre) has been delayed nearly six months due to numerous construction and equipment issues.

crunchocky on January 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm

The Walden Galleria has updated their website with a May 2008 opening for this theatre’s replacement complex.

crunchocky on November 14, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Not sure, was there as early as October 19th and the mall still very prominately feature the theatre as “coming soon” to the second floor space originally planned for it. I read recently that the 13 screen theatre that Regal has under construction at Colonie Center in Albany had its opening pushed back from December to February in order to allow crews to complete construction on time, and from what I’ve seen this theatre appeared to be well ahead of the Galleria in terms of completion (as crews were just completing enclosing the second floor of the Galleria’s expansion in mid-October). I’m thinking you might be looking at March or April of 2008 at this point.

psomerf on November 14, 2007 at 8:45 pm

On Regal’s web site they list “grand opening”, but this one is not listed. Don’t know how far into the future the openings go, or how often the section s updated. One wonders if this means the ompany has reconsidered their options.

telliott on October 26, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Sure seems to be taking an extraordinarily long time to get this new complex built, I wonder what the hold up is?? Thought it was supposed to ipen last spring?

psomerf on October 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm

It’s now almost November 2007, and while places below the new cinema appear to be open, can’t help but wonder when the cinema itself will be open. As recently as last Friday i didn’t see any sign from inside the mall to indicate an opening day. I need t to pen soon so i don’t spend as much time in the Apple store. :)

crunchocky on October 8, 2006 at 6:40 pm

Just to update some of the information above, the replacement theatre (the Stadium 16) will actually be new construction that has its mall entrance at the same place that the original anchor space (which was The Bon-Ton, and prior to that Bonwit Teller) had its second floor mall entrance, not built into the empty anchor space as originally implied by the local media (as this space has been fully demolished). Also, the Barnes and Noble slated to take over this theatre’s space will be at least partially new construction as this theatre has been at least partially demolished (a minimum of theatres 3 and 4 but up to and including theatres 1-7, it’s very difficult to tell exactly how far into the corner of the mall they demolished but there are still cross sections of sloped floor visible from outside the construction zone).

psomerf on August 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

My most prominent memory of this theatre occured on 12/31/1999, at about 9:00pm. While about halfway through “Sleepy Hollow”, the millenium bug must have his somewhere, as the power went out for about 3-5 minutes. Still haven’t seen the whole movie, as they didn’t restart it where it stopped, lost a couple of minutes. Never saw what happened to Casper Van Dien. Funny, haven’t seen him any movie since, either. :)

psomerf on August 2, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Even more curious about the Hoyts issue is they operated a small multiplex southwest of Buffalo for a few years in the mid 1990’s not of their design or construction.