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.
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.
- 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