North Park Theatre

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North Park Theatre
Shea's North Park
The North Park Theatre
Address 1428 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Coordinates 42°56′53″N 78°51′19″W / 42.94795°N 78.85529°W / 42.94795; -78.85529Coordinates: 42°56′53″N 78°51′19″W / 42.94795°N 78.85529°W / 42.94795; -78.85529
Owner Thomas Eoannou
Capacity 850
Opened 1920
Architect Henry L. Spann

The North Park Theatre is a historical single screen movie theatre in Buffalo, New York's North Park Neighborhood.[1][2] It has functioned as a cinema since it opened on November 21, 1920.

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.[3] 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.[4]

The North Park operated under Dipson Theatres until May 2013. The theatre is currently being restored by a new ownership group.[5]

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.[6][7]

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