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Address: 320 Porter Avenue, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201
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+1 716-829-7668
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
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The Kavinoky Theatre opened in the 1980-81 season, but the idea for it was...

The Kavinoky Theatre opened in the 1980-81 season, but the idea for it was born a decade earlier during a production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" on the original, unrestored theatre stage.

Under the artistic direction of David Lamb, the idea was two-fold:

1. To form a local company of paid professional actors to produce a subscription season of plays and to work as an ensemble along the lines of traditional repertory company.

2. To raise money through the auspices of D'Youville College to restore the small Edwardian gem of a theatre to serve as a home for the company.

The 1970's were spent producing in the Porter-View Room under the company name of Stage Centre. At that time we were the only locally producing professional theatre company in Buffalo since Studio Arena cast from New York. By 1979 we had a healthy balance in the bank of $11,000 and the D'Youville Capital Campaign to restore the theatre under the leadership of Edward Kavinoky was completed.

Restoration and refurbishing work was completed in time for the 1980-81 Season, the theatre was renamed The Kavinoky. Our first production was Sleuth, featuring Brian LaTulip and David Lamb and was successful enough to sell out and double our production fund (at $3 per ticket!!).

The Kavinoky Company has produced over 160 shows in the last 35 years and has earned a reputation for consistently high-quality productions, a solid subscriber base of 2,500 and has received more awards than any other theatre in Buffalo.

During the past 35 years, The Kavinoky has had a seminal influence on the growth of live theatre in Buffalo. Most of the leading area actors had their start at The Kavinoky, as did many of the Artistic Directors. When we began we were alone; there are now over thirty producing organizations in town! We are justifiably proud of this record. There are now more patrons attending live theatre than ever before in the city's history, but there are also many more options. This is why we need a new and strong board to help us continue our vision and maintain the company concept that has led to past successes.

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Always excellent theater

We have never seen a bad play at the Kavinoky and we have seen about 15. If you are interested in the play, it will be well-done. The theater is medium sized, well maintained... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have never seen a bad play at the Kavinoky and we have seen about 15. If you are interested in the play, it will be well-done. The theater is medium sized, well maintained elegance, the sound is good. The cushioned theater seats are old but adequate. There is adequate distance between rows. Sight lines are good the stage is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Went to see "Don't Talk to the Actors" by Tom Dudzick. Very entertaining! Theater is small and comfortable. There is a room off of the main corridor which serves alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and snacks at reasonable prices. Restrooms are clean. During intermission you can scroll down the main corridor and enjoy looking at the many photographs of past alumni.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

This play was very entertaining. It is a sequel to Over the Tavern. We are season ticket holders at this lovely theater and the cast of any production is always very professional and accomplished. If you go I recommend sitting in the center balcony but not the first row where leg room is minimum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a great place to see a play. We were there two days ago to see the play Family Furniture and it was terrific. It is a small theater, holds maybe 300 or so, the seats are very comfortable and the sightlines,with a few exceptions, are great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2014

The current play at this beautiful theatre is "Journey's End" and it is a wonderfully dramatic production. The set is pure genius ( as are most all the sets at the Kav) and truly evokes the time and place this play occurs. It is a story taking place during World War I in the trenches of France and an officer's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

When I was a young student, I detested math. Playwright David Auburn apparently fared much better in math. His Proof, written in 2000 won him the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play. Catherine (Jessica Wegrzyn) is the daughter of Robert (Peter Palmisano), a recently deceased math mastermind and University of Chicago professor. Unlike me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

This is truly one of the best things Buffalo has to offer. One would never expect a theater like this to exist when one walks up the prosiac concrete steps in front of D'Youville College. then you get inside and Bam it is like something like the experience Dorothy must have had when she first discovers Oz. Then it gets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

The Kavinoky Theater is located on the campus of D'Youville College. I have seen many productions and have never been disappointed. Every seat is excellent with good sight lines. It has a balcony (be careful - it's rather steep up there but you can see wonderfully)The sets are fabulous! They are so detailed and always add such a realistic touch... More 

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