Over the last few years, there have not been that many events held at the Central Terminal, as construction work to preserve the structure has been underway. During that time, there have been significant efforts made to transform the concourse into a place that resembles its former glory. From roofing the building to the replacement of absconded lighting sconces, the terminal is looking better and better each year, in hopes of attracting a significant buyer and tenant.
In the meantime, events at the Central Terminal have begun heating up again. In 2016, it is forecasted that 30 events will be held inside and outside. According to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC), that’s five times the number of events that were held in 2015. From an antique car show to the filming of Goo Goo Dolls latest hot song video ‘So Alive’, there is a renewed energy at this Buffalo landmark that continues to inspire people from all over the world.
Recently, scenes of the film Marshall were shot at the terminal (see below). As part of the filming agreement, the studio contributed $90,000 of cosmetic upgrades to spruce up the concourse. This was just another step in the right direction, by not only getting some needed improvements, but by bringing additional exposure to the building.
Moving forward, the CTRC is teaming up with the Colored Musicians Club, to bring a first time jazz series to the terminal, titled Terminal Jazz. The series is considered a tribute to Buffalo’s incredible jazz history, as well as a nod to the jazz musicians that still play at the historic club.
“We’ve made some amazing progress with the Terminal in the last 12 months, and we want to make sure people have opportunities to come see all the work that’s been done,” said Jim Hycner, chair of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation Board of Directors. “Partnering with The Colored Musicians Club perfectly transforms our concourse into an intimate musical venue and showcases the stunning architecture of the Central Terminal with the deep history of jazz music in Buffalo.”
All the work that’s been done to the Terminal recently helps you remember what it once looked like and also imagine what it will be one day when it’s fully restored.
“All the work that’s been done to the Terminal recently helps you remember what it once looked like and also imagine what it will be one day when it’s fully restored,” said CTRC vice chairman Paul Lang. “The Terminal Jazz series will give people the chance to see the latest restoration efforts while enjoying first-class music.”
Terminal Jazz series starting July 13 at the Central Terminal. Admission will be $5, parking will be free and refreshments will be available. Future dates for the Terminal Jazz series include Aug. 17 and Sept. 14, 2016. Events will start at 6 p.m., and tickets are available online: http://bit.ly/TerminalJazz.