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Shea's Performing Arts Center

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Address: 646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone Number: 716 847 1410
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Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Memorable evening

I was fortunate to get tickets to the performance of Chicago at this beautiful theatre. We arrived early to enjoy dinner at a restaurant within walking distance. Although a very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

I was fortunate to get tickets to the performance of Chicago at this beautiful theatre. We arrived early to enjoy dinner at a restaurant within walking distance. Although a very cold winter night, the theatre district was vibrant with people, lights and music along Main St. The theatre seating is very comfortable and the Chicago production was excellent!!! The restoration... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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312 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Always enjoy going to this beautiful and historic theater in Buffalo. Buffalo is a decaying place but this theater remains a bright star. Saw Motown the Musical. Great cast, songs and lots of fun. However it was THREE hours long. Some folks walked before final curtain. Over all A- My only beef, we were in row z orchestra and it... More 

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New York
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41 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We moved back to Buffalo after a long hiatus. We have season tickets to Shea's. We were at our 2nd performance and saw Motown. Outstanding musical if you like 60s & 70s music. Great interior and acoustics in Shea's. Seats are way too cramped. Worse than being in a middle airline seat. I am a just over 6' and go... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

I have never been disappointed when going to Shea's. The establishment is gorgeous. They try to bring the best Broadway performances to the stage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

No matter what performance is there, I always find myself in awe at the construction. If I'm there you'll see me always looking up to the ceilings, they're so beautiful!!!

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Amherst, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This historic theater is gorgeous! There are pay parking lots and garages nearby, within walking distance. Acoustics are great and you can see the stage from pretty much all over the theater. However, it was badly impossible to move around in the lobby before a show (we attended ThePianoGuys). There's snacks and water which can be purchased (pricey, but benefits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I would recommend going to any type of show at Shea's. The theatre itself is truly breath taking. There isn't a bad seat in the place. Get your tickets as early as possible if you plan on sitting somewhat close. One thing to consider is that there are lots and lots of stairs for higher seating and I did not... More 

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Toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Absolutely stunning venue, which features old world charm, historical character and very friendly staff. You can tell that the folks who work at Shea's take great pride in being part of one Buffalo's historical sites. We found the venue to be very classy and romantic. Shea's restoration association hosts bar services and other concessions - with all proceeds going to... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I've been to Shea's a few times. I've seen Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Spamalot, and I can't wait until Phantom of the Opera comes through! I've seen traveling Broadway shows at other theaters throughout the country, but only in Chicago and NYC have I seen sets as extravagant as the shows at Shea's. The casts are incredible, I... More 

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Elma, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Shea's in Buffalo has been renovated and is a beautiful theatre to visit and see a show. They cleaned the ceiling and installed LED lights. It's beautiful! It dates back to the 1920's and has an original restored Wurlitzer organ (restored). The shows are routinely sold out. The last show we went to was Cinderella with our grandchildren and it... More 

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