The nearly century-old North Park Theatre in Buffalo, New York, finally got its groove back in 2014, when Swiatek Studios wrapped up a major facelift. The undertaking involved the restoration of six enormous Art Nouveau murals, the fabulous Art Deco marquee, the marble-floored lobby, and the crumbling, tobacco-stained dome ceiling. Current owners Tom Eoannou and Mike Christiano (of popular local restaurants The Left Bank and Més Que) saved their grand finale for seven months after North Park’s reopening. That’s when a stained glass window above the theater’s entryway was unveiled following decades of neglect.
To keep things contemporary, the cinema now has a digital projector and new seats, lighting, and concessions. Maybe hometown hero Vincent Gallo can hold his next premiere here, the way he did back in 1998 with Buffalo ’66? Either way, this place is a must if you’re looking for a shining example of the Queen City’s long-overdue revival.
1428 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY; 716-836-7411.