Theater station

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Former Buffalo Metro Rail station
Theater's outbound platform with Shea's Performing Arts Center in the background
Location 600 block of Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Coordinates 42°53′29″N 78°52′21″W / 42.89139°N 78.87250°W / 42.89139; -78.87250Coordinates: 42°53′29″N 78°52′21″W / 42.89139°N 78.87250°W / 42.89139; -78.87250
Owned by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 low-level side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Permanently closed
Fare zone Free fare (inbound)
Paid fare (outbound)
Opened October 9, 1984
Closed February 18, 2013
Preceding station   NFTA   Following station
Metro Rail
toward University

Theater is a former Buffalo Metro Rail station that served the entertainment and theater districts of downtown Buffalo, New York located in the 600 block of Main Street between Chippewa and Tupper Streets at the north end of the Free Fare Zone, where customers traveling north are required to have proof-of-payment.


From October 9, 1984-May 18, 1985, Theater served as the northern terminus, as Metro Rail officially opened for regular service on May 20, 1985. From May 20, 1985-November 10, 1986, due to construction issues at LaSalle, Amherst Street served as the northern terminus. Prior to 2005, Theater Station served as the southern terminus, as the Taste of Buffalo was held along Main Street between Chippewa and Church Streets (it has since moved to Delaware Avenue between West Chippewa and West Eagle Streets). Since November 10, 1986, University serves as the northern terminus. Prior to February 18, 2013, Theater was the last above-ground station, with the subway portal directly north of the station, causing safety issues and subsequently leading to decision to close the station.[1]


After 10,359 days in service, Theater permanently closed on February 18, 2013 in order to be demolished to make way for the return of vehicular traffic to the 600 block of Main Street.[2] The Buffalo Theater District is now served by the Fountain Plaza, located 546 feet south.

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  1. ^ Caya, Chris (2013-02-18). "End of the line for Metro Rail's Theater Station". WBFO. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Robert J. (2013-01-25). "Metro Rail's Theater Station set for last use Feb. 17". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2016-08-17.