Paramount Theatre

612 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14202

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Paramount-Publix, Shea Theatres

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Styles: Spanish Renaissance, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Fox Great Lakes Theatre, Shea's Great Lakes Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Paramont Theater, Buffalo N.Y.

The Fox Great Lakes Theatre was opened on May 30, 1927. It was closed February 20, 1965 and demolition began March 2, 1965.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 141 comments)

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

Click here for a photograph taken of Fox’s Great Lakes (Paramount) Theatre in 1931 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

From the late 1950s a photo postcard view of downtown Buffalo that captured a view of the Paramount and Buffalo Theatres.

tlstech on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I have done a lot of work on the building; reading the comments has put a lot of pieces of the puzzle together for me. The original framework still stands, as do the arched window openings facing Main St. The interior was demolished when the furniture company took over the entire space after the the Paramount closed, and a steel structure was erected to place floors in the large void left by the auditorium. When City Centre condos were built in the early 90s, the steel structure was reinforced to support the addition of four more stories. Then the whole exterior was re-skinned. Examining the steel and concrete on the middle floors, there are still ancient electrical conduits and fixture boxes from the theatre/warehouse days.

Some of the workers involved the in demolition many years ago salvaged one of the 35mm projectors, at this writing it sits in my dining room.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Some of the workers involved the in demolition many years ago salvaged one of the 35mm projectors, at this writing it sits in my dining room.

Your wife must be thrilled!

tlstech on March 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Its actually in nice shape, quite the conversation piece.

tlstech on September 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Found a great article about the theater (with interior photo!). Here is the link:

Wurlitzer1773 on March 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

Just an update on this theatre’s Wurlitzer Opus 1616 shipped from the Wurlitzer factory in April 1927. This instrument passed to at least 2 other owners before being purchased in 2013 and shipped to FL for installation in a private residence. All original pipework has been retained. The unique console (with typewriter keys for the sound effects) was long gone before the organ was purchased by the new owners. I was told that the blower was started for the first this Sunday March 2nd and that the instrument will be playing before too long.

Aaronmills on September 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The theater auditorium was demolished, however, the ticket lobby, the booth, and the stair hall were intact behind plywood until 1980s years after the auditorium fell. The booth was removed to a restaurant in the building abutting Sheas. The transom glass, lobby chandelier, wall sconces left about the same time. All decorative parts were taken out before the condo conversion

markhn on September 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The name Great Lakes was selected in a contest and the winners split a cash prize.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Paramount and other theatres in this link.

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