710 Main St.
Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admittance to building: 4:30 pm
Photography and filming allowed
Wheelchair Access: Yes – First floor only.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Offering: Guided tours; Self-guided tours; Refreshments available for purchase
Visitor Experience: Visitors will be welcomed into Shea’s 710 Theatre by staff and volunteers. Tours can be self-guided or led by a tour guide every 20 minutes. The lobby will have information tables, a wheel of prizes and concessions available. There is a full-service bar and lounge available for visitors to relax and plan the next location to see. Backstage, visitors will see dressing rooms, the scene shop and wood shop used during productions.
Building Description: Built in 1967 as The Palace Burlesque, 710 Main Street has been a beacon of entertainment in Buffalo’s Theatre District. After a short period of time, Burlesque fell out of fashion and the building was sold to Studio Arena Theatre in 1977 and opened in 1988. Under the artistic direction of Neal DuBrock, the theatre was a key player in the national resident theatre movement. Notable performers included: Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Olympia Dukakis, Julianne Moore and Kelsey Grammar. Studio Arena Theatre closed in 2009 citing a $3M debt. It was reopened in 2012 by Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Now Shea’s 710 Theatre, a full season of musicals and plays is produced to thousands of Western New Yorkers annually.