New Angola Theatre
72 N. Main Street,
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New Angola Theater (Official)
Architects: George E. Eichenlaub
Previous Names: Angola Theatre, New Regent Theatre
Built in 1924, the Angola Theatre closed in 1995, and reopened as the New Angola Theatre in 2002. The tasteful renovation combined some new but needed improvements but retained the best of the theatre’s past. This resulted in the New Angola Theatre being a vast improvement from the Angola Theatre.
The New Angola Theatre’s coved neon lighting is reminiscent of several other Western New York theatres. The theatre’s seats have been beautifully recovered in grey velvet. The washrooms were completely redone and enlarged. Lots of wood trim has been added along with new but appropriate wall sconces. New exterior wall sound curtains have been added, but not everywhere so much of the theatre’s original charm is still visible. The screen’s original curtains and draping has been preserved.
Seating is down to 393 from the original 509. I believe the theatre is open Friday through Tuesday with one show per day. The theatre is now run by a non-profit group.
The New Angola Theatre’s extensive and costly renovations have created a comfortable, eye appealing theatre – it’s a great place to see a movie. It had closed by December 2021 and the building was put up ‘For Sale’.
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