Market Arcade

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Just two weeks after downtown Buffalo's Market Arcade reopened to moviegoers, the state has approved a temporary liquor license for the newly renovated AMC theater house.

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It took only minutes Thursday for downtown Buffalo's brand new Market Arcade Cinema to have that eternal sign of a movie theater: the odor and sound of fresh popcorn, as customers arrived for the first day of shows.


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The Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo will start showing movies again this week after undergoing a $9 million renovation.

DCI Signs and Awnings

The Buffalo Preservation Board gave the go-ahead Thursday for electric lights and signs on the outside of the Market Arcade Cinema. That came as work rushes toward completion of $9 million in renovations to re-open the movie complex closed in June of 2014.

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The developer looking to reopen the Market Arcade Cinemas is scheduled to meet the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday, with the hope of gaining approval to install exterior signage and move the project closer to a planned summer completion and opening.

Future of downtown movie screens remains dark

Mar 13, 2017
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In recent years the City of Buffalo has seen an increase in the number of residents living downtown. Vehicular traffic has returned to Main Street. And more restaurants and shops have opened. But there's still no movie theater.


Food hall coming to Market Arcade

Oct 5, 2015
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Over the years, several restaurants that opened in the space next to the Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo have failed. But that's not stopping a local developer from taking the plunge with a new venture.


Buffalo clears way for new AMC Theater downtown

May 28, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A plan to bring a national movie theater chain to downtown Buffalo has cleared a major hurdle.

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The Market Arcade on Main Street has long been known for under-performing establishments. But by the end of this summer, that may change.

The Road Less Traveled Theater opens another show in its season Friday night, unsure how long it will be in its longtime home in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.


A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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An eight-screen AMC movie theater is coming to the Market Arcade building in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown on Thursday announced the city has selected Benchmark to redevelop the Market Arcade Cinema Complex.

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With the Market Arcade Cinema closing Thursday night, City Hall is rushing to appoint a new operator.

The Buffalo Film Seminars are moving to Amherst. It's a reaction to Hollywood going to digital films and the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center sticking with film projectors.

A campaign is getting underway to encourage parents to transfer their children out of failing Buffalo Public Schools.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is skeptical of a proposal that the city step in with funding to keep the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center open. 

Digital realities threaten Market Arcade

Nov 29, 2013

The marquees of its many movie houses once lit the nighttime sky in downtown Buffalo. Now, the downtown scene may soon be without any movie theaters.

The plan for returning cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo is already beginning to have its desired effect.  The city has found a new tenant for a long vacant restaurant in the Market Arcade complex.

A project to rebuild the 600 block of Main so it can accommodate Metro Rail and automobiles is set to begin in September, but that didn't stop Jay Haynes from leasing the former Ya Ya Bayou Brewhouse near Shea's Performing Arts Center. Haynes plans to open Perfetto, an upscale eatery this fall.