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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 491 (465)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 491
Page 491


1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 491

THE HEARTH IN THE HOME

ate the Basil chain of motion-picture theatres in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York, and their rise to success forms a typical saga of achievement.

Some twenty years ago, Constantine J., Basil J., Nicholas J., and Theophilos J. Basil determined that they wanted to enter the theatre business. Brother Nick, then head of the business ventures of this fraternal group, reported on the possibility of building the Clinton-Strand, a

medium-sized community theatre for Buffalolsl East Side. They built the house.

After that there followed in quick succession the Genesee, Victoria, Jefferson, Broadway, and Roxy a all modern community houses. Later the Varsity in Buffalo was added, followed, in Niagara Falls, by the State, Rainbo, LaSalle, Capitol Theatres.

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When the 3,000-seat Lafayette, one of Buffalols largest down-town theatres, was acquired, the Basils also took over the associated 11-story office building.

Most recent of the Basil theatres are the Apollo, on Buffalols Jefferson Avenue, a house said to be one of the most modern and ornate theatres of its kind in the country, opening in late 1940, and the Colvin in Kenmore, throwing its doors open on April 9, 1944, with the mayors of Buffalo and Kenmore on hand to felicitate the Brothers Basil.

THE COLVIN

The Colvin Theatre becomes the fourteenth, and latest, cinema of the Basil circuit. Located in a high-class section of Kenmore, itself a suburb of BuEalo,



THE GROUND lEVEI. IS PLANTED

the theatre draws from an area comprising approximately 15,000 people. The house, at its opening, operated third-run, with a top admission price of 35 cents for adults.

Outside

As designed by Russell Larke, the building is built with cinder-block walls, steel-truss roof-framing, and pre-cast concrete slabs. The apartment floor framing is of cast, reinforced concrete, and its roof-framing is of wood joists, with steel girders and wood roof boards.

Front of the theatre portion of the building and the return of the tower are all veneered with Grovenour marble, a gray stone much resembling granite, with the balance of the structure (inished in stucco.

FOR AELUTIONS, AND MILADY'S MAKE-READY
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 491