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Billed as Buffalo's premier alternative theater, the New Phoenix, which first opened its doors in 1996, offers both interpretations of classic productions, as well as new and innovative contemporary productions. Located in an 1885 building in Buffalo's Johnson Park neighborhood, it was once home to Ebenezer Johnson, Buffalo's first mayor. The building had fallen into disrepair and figuratively rose from the ashes—like the legendary phoenix—when it was renovated by the theater company.
For more than 75 years, the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo has celebrated its love for jazz music. Over the last seven decades, this club has grown to be the culmination of ambitious jazz patrons who gathered to discuss, share and promote jazz as a genre in Buffalo as well as Western New York. Apart from a never-ending rotation of jazz greats who have walked through its doors, stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more, this club has been a seminal part in the heritage of Buffalo's African-American community.
This single-screen theater, with both Art-Nouveau as well as Art-Deco motifs in its architecture is located in the North Park neighborhood. It opened in the 1920s as Shea's North Park Theatre and since then it has changed owners many times. Today, it showcases the talents of independent movie directors as well as a few blockbusters here-and-there.