Not many people are aware that Buffalo was home to Edison Vitascope Theatre (The Vitascope Hall), “the first permanent, purpose-built movie theater in the world”. The cinematic theater was built in the basement of the Ellicott Square Building, but over time the images, as well as the theater itself, have faded into obscurity only to be dug up 100 years later. On Saturday October 22 from 1-2pm, there will be a celebration held in the lobby of the Ellicott Square Building marking the 115th anniversary of the birth of the landmark. Click here to learn more about the history of the theatre.
Not much exists of the original theatre other than the entrance door that was situated on Main Street. Edward Summer, Director of the Buffalo International Film Festival, will be on-hand at the celebration to shed some light on the history of the theatre and the upcoming regional festival. “This event is an opportunity to showcase the rich architectural history of Buffalo, along with making the public aware of the significance the city serves in the film and entertainment industry,” Summer explained.
This is a free event, but there is limited space. In order to reserve a seat on that day, please visit this site.