Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Shea's Performing Arts Center is considered one of the finest movie palaces around today. Shea's offers shows, meals and cocktail parties.

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Come and attend a show at the Performing Arts Center and National Historic Site in Buffalo, New York. This wonderful center, named one of New York By Rail’s Top 20 Theaters, hosts touring Broadway musicals, concerts, educational programs, special events, and more.

The center has made it their mission to restore and maintain Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Dating back to 1926 built by Michael Shea, today Shea’s is used as a touring Broadway House. Shea wants present and future generations to enjoy this nationally recognized theater for many years. Since opening its doors, many great performers have graced the stage at Shea’s, including George Burns, Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers, and Bing Crosby, among others. The theatre also features the Western New York Entertainment Hall of Fame with inductees Lucille O’Ball, Buffalo Bob, and Christine Baranski, among others, whose portraits grace the Petit Lobby.

Don’t miss out on the amazing shows to come this year!

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Shea’s History

Back in 1926, Michael Shea opened his dream, the theater under the moniker of “The Wonder Theatre.” Beginning as a movie house under Paramount Pictures, it would switch to vaudeville shows and host iconic celebrities on its stage. In the 1970s, when the theater was at risk, a group of locals formed The Friends of  Buffalo Theatre non-profit. The group tackled most of the preliminary restoration of the theater and eventually got it listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Over twenty years, over $30 million has been done in restoration by a slew of volunteers.


Shea’s Performing Arts Center puts on several shows throughout the year, from comedy specials to Broadway shows. You can stay up to date on the latest via the theater’s website.

Take Amtrak to Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Enjoy Shea’s Performing Arts Center via Amtrak to Buffalo-Exchange Station in Buffalo—Don’t forget to use Amtrak’s See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Buffalo Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Buffalo office today at: 716-884-6666.