Project Category: Substantial Improvement Property
512 Broadway is the address of the Historic Sattler Broadway Theater will be restored to a beautiful 1600 hundred seat multi purpose theater and performing arts entertainment complex in 4 phases. In the first phase the theater will be restored and expanded to include a state of the art stage. The 2nd phase is to add a 100 x 80 foot new addition to the west-side of the building to include bathrooms, concession, gift shop and coat room along with a beautiful 500 seat lounge that will host live events when the theater is in other use. The addition will be called the Mike Miller Lounge and it will have a rooftop bar and gill. The 3rd phase will include an office building located behind the theater on what is now Ray street. our offices will be located on the 2nd floor and 10 market rate apartments will be on the third floor. The 4th phase of the project includes a 40 room hotel on the east-side of the theater to house guests and the artists who are performing at the the theater. The project will create over 250 jobs and will have at least 350 volunteers. Ellicott Development is the developer of the project.
The WNYMMP will be restoring the Historic Sattler Theatre at 512 Broadway in an effort to bring it back to its original glory circa 1914. The building, which was on the City’s demolition list for years, decaying all along will become WNYMMP’s headquarters and Multi Media performing arts center. An amazing terra-cotta treasure, the Sattler Theatre is an important part of the fabric of our region’s architectural history since it neighbors two other important theaters: The Savoy (1906) and The Michigan (1909). Situated at the easternmost section of downtown, all three theatres are part of the NYS Movie Theatre Corridor. Inclusion in this statewide initiative is significant and allows Buffalo to preserve its historic theatres while encouraging cultural tourism in NYS. An innovative restoration and retrofit of this structure will reconnect the eastern section of downtown to the more visible Central Business District making it a relevant institution in the 21st century. When restored, the theatre building will accommodate community events such as independent films, theatrical productions, concerts, live events, business conferences and have a dining hall. Furthermore, a Phase 2 will allow the development and construction of a new facility, The Bob Coles Institute for Media Arts and Technology, which will house the local African American Professionals in Media Hall of Fame and Museum. Since this project is just a few blocks away from the Michigan Avenue Historical Preservation District, synergistic partnerships are already being established to capitalize on each visitor to the area.