Palace Theatre

31 Buffalo Street,
Hamburg, NY 14075

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Palace Theatre, Hamburg (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Blatt Brothers Circuit

Architects: Laurence Bley, Duane Lyman

Firms: Bley & Lyman

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Neo-Classical

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 716.649.2295

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Palace Theatre

Much nicer than the typical village theatre, the Palace Theatre in Hamburg, is a great theatre in which to see a movie. The theatre building’s Neo-Classical exterior is comprised of two store fronts, some second floor offices and, of course, the theatre. The Palace’s sky blue ceiling with its indirect neon cove lighting are reminiscent of an atmospheric ceiling, but the Palace Theatre is not an Atmospheric style theatre.

The Palace Theatre opened on January 14, 1926 with Norma Shearer in “His Secretary”. It has had several owners during its nearly 80 year existence. Probably most notably were the Blatt brothers who during their prime owned approximately 25 theatres in the Western New York area. Today, and for the past 23 years the Palace Theatre has been owned by Joe and his pride of ownership is evident from the moment you enter the theatre. The theatre is kept immaculate; the seats have all been re-upholstered in a very original looking velvet; and the floor is clean and shiny. Yes, the screen is even curtained and draped.

The Palace Theatre is open seven days per week and has a minimum fourteen showings per week. The Palace Theatre does not have a balcony.

I could say much more about the Palace Theatre and probably will in the comment section but I’m hoping some of you will visit the theatre personally to see its appeal first-hand and to enjoy a movie also.

Contributed by richard Grows

Recent comments (view all 54 comments)

Patsy on February 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

LouB: A wonderful post about a survivor theatre! I have never met the Palace Theatre owner, but hope to this summer as I have talked to him over the phone!

buildersent on May 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

What a great theater to frequent!

I went to see the most recent marvel Comic type movie on opening day (I was shocked they received it on the first day). The ticket price was almost 50% less than the chain theater a few miles away, the concessions are VERY fairly priced, popcorn is about the best I have had anywhere. The projection is digital and sharp, sound clear and adjusted appropriately. The only downside to this theater is the seats which are very small, old and the rows too close together. Uncomfortable even. Will that stop me from seeing another movie here? Probably not.

The owner offers a movie going experience that is unequaled in the southtowns and a price that is affordable for families. he is to be commended.

Patsy on May 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

A nice original theatre in a quaint downtown area. Do plan to visit this summer and find the local Great Harvest Bread Company.

LouB on March 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm

article. This article deals with the theatre.

Patsy on March 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Can’t see the article unless you subscribe to the Buffalo News. If you can post it, thanks.

Patsy on March 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

I an trying to post the article. Sent the theatre a message on their FB page.

Patsy on March 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm

I have visited this theatre and met the owner though don’t think I still have his email address.

LouB on May 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm

There is a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the Palace so that renovation work can be made.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

The November 1, 1924 issue of The Moving Picture World, had a short article about the proposed theater George J. Beihler planned to build at Hamburg. The 1,000 seat, $125,000 project was being designed by Buffalo architects Bley & Lyman (Lawrence Bley and Duane Lyman.)

Patsy on October 14, 2021 at 8:10 am

Thanks Joe for this update. I have visited this theatre gem.

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