BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Going down Broadway Street in downtown Buffalo-- it's hard to miss this beautiful white embroidered building. The Broadway Theatre was once the place to be on Buffalo's East Side where shows and people came together.
Developers want to bring the theatre back to life. Western New York Minority Media Professionals purchased the theatre and with help from many different restoration companies, will transform the historic theatre into a modern space for young people to enjoy the art of performing and learn about media.
"This theatre is going to be a learning institution along with the performing arts," Dean Kroll, President of Zamkro Homes and a board member for the restoration of the theatre said. "This is really designed to help the younger kids have an opportunity to explore the media professionals."
Built in 1913, the Broadway Theatre used to be owned by the legendary Sattler Family. The building was then occupied by a mosque but has been empty for years.
Developers hope to start the restoration of the outside as soon as next month and hopes to be completely finished by the end of 2020.
"I will really be excited," Michael Quinniey, Director for the Western New York Minority Media Professionals said. "This is aimed at young people and right now some of the things that these young people have whether it's north, south east or west Buffalo is hope."
Developers say the project could cost upwards of $12 million dollars and will be funded through historical site tax breaks, private investors, and community development funds.