Concert saloons (The Wild Variety)



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8CONCERT SALOONS
(The Wild Variety)

Concert saloons appeared and changed names and owners and disappeared again overnight. We shall never be able to trace the full history.


References:

“Concert-Saloons. Pastor Stauffer Turns His Attention to Them. Declare They Engender Vice—Supt. Bull Gets Slim Compliment for Shutting Down on a Fake Dancer.” The Buffalo Morning Express (Monday, 1 March 1897), p. 9, c. 6.



Canterbury Varieties

c.1876—c.1877



The Alhambra Theatre

c. 1880–c. 1893



88–90 Commercial Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTE: One narrow building away from the Erie Canal. First floor was a 10¢ theatre; 2nd and 3rd stories were tenaments. The Fillmore Theatre was once mistakenly listed as the Alhambra.

CURRENT STATUS:



REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1898), vol. 1 p. 14 indicates 4-story saloon and lodging at 88, and a 5-story Patent Medicine manufacturer at 90.

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), pp. 147 c. 1, 179 c. 2.

CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1876, THEATRES Canterbury Varieties, 88 and 90 Commercial.

1877, THEATRES Canterbury Varieties, 88 and 90 Commercial.

1880, THEATRES The Alhambra, 88 Commercial.

1884, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1885, pp. 87–88, Public Buildings, etc. Alhambra Theatre—88 Commercial.

1885, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1886, pp. 94–95, Public Buildings, etc. Alhambra Theatre—88 and 90 Commercial.

1886, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1887, pp. 10–12, Public Buildings, etc. Alhambra Theatre—88 and 90 Commercial.

1887, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1888, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1889, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1890, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1891, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1892, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

1893, THEATRES Alhambra Theatre, 90 Commercial.

Centennial Varieties

c.1876


Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTE: Mentioned only in the 1876 City Directory.

CURRENT STATUS:



MYSTERY: What was the address? Was this the same as the Varieties (Canal cor. Commercial) mentioned in the 1877 City Directory?
CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1876 THEATRES. Centennial Varieties, Canal.


Varieties

c.1877


Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTE: Mentioned only in the 1877 City Directory.

MYSTERY: What was the address? Was this the same as the Centennial Varieties mentioned in the 1876 City Directory?

CURRENT STATUS:


CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1877, THEATRES. Varieties, Canal cor. Commercial.


Bonney’s Theatre

c.1879–1895



Bonney’s New Theatre Comique

c.1896

46–50 Commercial Street, inside Bonney’s Hotel

ARCHITECT:

NOTES: The 1879 City Directory lists this as Fortyce N. Bonney. The 1896 City Directory, lists “Bonney, Henry H., saloon, 46 48 50 Commercial, h. 351 Fargo ave.” (Incidentally, someone named Z. Bonney bought the United States Hotel from Dr. Josiah Trowbridge shortly after it was built in c.1835.)

OTHER THEATRES WITH THE SAME NAME: Not to be confused with the earlier Shelby’s Theatre Comique at 22–24 The Terrace, or with the later Theatre Comique nickelodeon at 473 Main.

CURRENT STATUS: Empty lot. Proposed archæological dig.


References:

“Canal, Reminder of Gilded Days, Disappearing: Street Once Rivalled Resorts of Port Said.” Buffalo Courier (27 September 1927). A passing reference.

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), pp. 161, 179 c. 2, 252 (photo), 317 (same photo).
BUSINESS DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

AMUSEMENTS—Places of: Theatre Comique, 22 Terrace. The Buffalo City and Erie County Register and Business Directory, including a Directory of Farmers. For 1870. No. 1. Buffalo: Warren, Johnson & Co., 197 Main Street, 1870, p. 27. [Special Collections F129 B8A188]

Theatres: Theatre Comique, Henry D. Bonney, prop. 48 Commercial. Waite’s Business Directory of Buffalo, for 1891, with Street Directory and Map. Newburgh, NY: L. P. Waite & Co., nd, p. 470. [Special Collections F129 B8A1895 v.2 1891]

Amusements: Bonney’s New Theatre Comique, Henry D. Bonney, prop. 48 Commercial. Waite’s Business Directory of Buffalo, for 1894, with Street Directory and Map. Newburgh, NY: L. P. Waite & Co., nd, p. 37. [Special Collections F129 B8A1895 v.4 1894]


CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1896, CONCERT HALLS. Theatre Comique, 46–50 Commercial.


Olympic Theatre

1884–1894?


157 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTES: Brick bldg. A second-story theatre. On the first floor were stores (toward Canal Street) and tenements (toward the Canal).

OTHER THEATRES WITH THE SAME NAME: Not to be confused with the Olympic at 10–12 Broadway or the Olympic at 264 Genesee.

CURRENT STATUS:


REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1888), vol. 1 p. 14.

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1889), vol. 1 p. 20.

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), pp. 26, 141, 374fn49.


BUSINESS DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

Waite’s Business Directory of Buffalo, for 1891, with Street Directory and Map. Newburgh, NY: L. P. Waite & Co., nd. [Special Collections F129 B8A1895 v.2 1891] Under the THEATRES heading is listed: “Olympic Theatre, Henry Healy, prop. 157 Canal”.

CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1884, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1885, pp. 87—88, Public Buildings, etc. Olympic Theatre—155 Canal.

1885, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1886, pp. 94–95, Public Buildings, etc. Olympic Theatre—155 Canal.

1886, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1887, pp. 10–12, Public Buildings, etc. Olympic Theatre—155 Canal.

1887, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1888, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1889, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1890, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1891, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1892, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

1893, THEATRES: Olympic Theatre, 157 Canal.

Buffalo Theatre

1891–1898



85–87 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTES: 1-story brick structure.

OTHER THEATRES WITH THE SAME NAME: Not to be confused with the 1822 Buffalo at Main and Court, the (Duffy’s) Buffalo at Washington & S Division, or Shea’s Buffalo.

CURRENT STATUS:

REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1889), vol. 1 p. 20.
CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1891, THEATRES: Buffalo Theatre, 85 and 87 Canal.

1892, THEATRES: Buffalo Theatre, 85 and 87 Canal.

1893, THEATRES: Buffalo Theatre, 85 and 87 Canal.

1896, M: Mullen, Michael, concert saloon 85–87 Canal, h. 122 Massachusetts ave.

1898, M: Mullen Michael, concert hall 85–87 Canal, h. 122 Massachusetts ave.


¿¿¿¿Joseph Hoffmann????

c.1895—c.1896


116 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTE: Listed under “Concert Halls” in 1896 as “Joseph Hoffman.” According to the City Directories, Joseph Hoffman’s career was:

1877, clerk at Mrs. Frances Ullman’s saloon at 164 Canal Street.

1878, bartender at Mrs. Frances Ullman’s saloon at 164 Canal Street.

1879, proprietor of saloon at 164 Canal Street.

1883, proprietor, along with Sebastian Cosimi, of restaurant and saloon at 164 Canal Street.

1884, no listings under Joseph Hoffmann.

1885, left 164 Canal and became proprietor of saloon next door at 166 Canal Street.

1895, proprietor of saloon/concert hall at 116 Canal Street.

CURRENT STATUS:


REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1888), vol. 1 p. 15 indicates a 3-story brick store at 116 Canal.

Insurance Maps of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1899–1913), vol. 1 p. 4 indicates a 3-story brick store.
¿¿¿¿Diebold’s saloon????

c.1895


67 Commercial Street, across from the Only Theatre

ARCHITECT:

NOTES: I have so far been unable to learn the official name of this theatre.

CURRENT STATUS:



REFERENCES:

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), pp. 161.


BUSINESS DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

The Buffalo City and Erie County Register and Business Directory, Including a Directory of Farmers. For 1870. No. 1 (Buffalo: Warren, Johnson & Co., 1870), p. 82, under Saloons, lists “Diebold Garhard, 67 Commercial.
Hub Theatre

c.1896


124–126 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

CURRENT STATUS:

REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1888), vol. 1 p. 15 shows a 3-story brick store.

Insurance Maps of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1899–1913), vol. 1 p. 3 shows a 3-story brick drug store at 124, and a 3-story brick appendage at 126.

1875


F

Fossett, Barney, saloon, 124 Canal.

SALOONS.

Fossett, Bernard, 124 Canal.


1876

F

Fossett, Barney, saloon, 124 Canal.



SALOONS.

Fossett, Bernard, 124 Canal.


1877

F

Fossett, Barney, saloon, 124 Canal, h. same.



SALOONS.

Fossett, Bernard, 124 Canal.


1878

F

Fossett, Barney, saloon, 124 Canal.



SALOONS.

Fossett, Bernard, 124 Canal.


1879

F

Fossett, Barney, 124 Canal and 305 Main.



SALOONS.

Fossett, Bernard, 124 Canal.


1880

D

Davy, John, saloon and billiards, 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Davy, John, 126 Canal.


1881

D

Davy, John, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Davy, John, 126 Canal.


1882

MISSING
1883

M

McGovern, Thomas, saloon, h. 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

McGovern, John, 126 Canal.


1884

J

Jekel, Edward (Mullen & J.) 124 Canal, res. Yamerthal.


M

Mullen, Edward (M. & Jekel) 124 Canal.

SALOONS.

Mullen & Jekel, 124 and 126Canal

1885

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 and 126 Canal.


1886

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 and 126 Canal.


1887

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 Canal.


1888

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 and 126 Canal.


1889

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 and 126 Canal.


1890

MISSING
1891

M

Mullen, Edward, saloon, 124 and 126 Canal.



SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 and 126 Canal.


1896

M

Mullen, Edward, prop. Hub Theater, 124–126 Canal.


CONCERT HALLS.

Hub Theatre, 124–126 Canal.


SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 Canal.


1897

M

Mullen, Edward, hotel-saloon, 124 Canal.


SALOONS.

Mullen, Edward, 124 Canal.



The Only Theatre

c.1896–c.1901



70–72 Commercial Street, n cor Canal Street & Erie Canal

ARCHITECT:

NOTES: Henry H. Bonney, proprietor. He was also proprietor of the Theatre Comique at 46–50 Commercial. John O’Mara, proprietor, c. 1901.

CURRENT STATUS:



REFERENCES:

Insurance Map of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1881–1888), vol. 1 p. 14 indicates 5-story brick tenements with stores on the first floor

1891 Atlas shows this as “Boechat.”



Insurance Maps of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1899–1913), vol. 1 p. 4 indicates a 5-story brick tenement, plus basement, with a saloon on the first floor

“When Canal Street Saw Its Palmy Days as a Center of Crime.” Buffalo Courier (23 March 1902).

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), p. 25–30, 161, 164–165, 171, 179, 226 (photo), 264 c. 2, 278 (photo), 374fn49
BUSINESS DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

Listed under “Theatres” as “O’Mara, John, Prop. ‘The Only theatre,’ 70–72 Commercial” in Business Directory and Mercantile Register of Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Batavia, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Dunkirk, Brockport, Medina, Albion, Attica, and Erie, Pa. (The Commercial Directory Co., 1901), p. 135. [F129 B8H189 1901]

CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS:

1896, CONCERT HALLS. The Only Theatre, 70–72 Commercial.

???????????????

c.1899–c.1913



63 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

NOTE: The Sanborn map indicates a “10¢ show” in a small frame building here, between the Only Theatre and the Star Theatre.

CURRENT STATUS:



REFERENCES:

Insurance Maps of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1899–1913), vol. 1 p. 4

Photo of rear of building. Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding. America’s Crossroads. Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993, p. 278.


Star Theatre

c.1899–1913



65–67 Canal Street

ARCHITECT:

OTHER THEATRES WITH THE SAME NAME: Not to be confused with the Star on West Genesee, or with the Star on William.

CURRENT STATUS:



REFERENCES:

Insurance Maps of Buffalo, New York (New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., Ltd., 1899–1913), vol. 1 p. 4

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), pp. 171, 179, 226 (photo), 278 (photo)


Lion Theatre

c.1901


____ Canal Street, cor Maiden Lane

ARCHITECT:

CURRENT STATUS:

REFERENCES:

Buffalo Evening News (25 June 1901).

Michael N. Vogel, Edward J. Patton, and Paul F. Redding, America’s Crossroads (Buffalo: Heritage Press, 1993), p. 179 c. 2–p. 180 c. 1.







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