Shea’s to show off restoration, rare organ in honor of anniversary

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Shea’s Performing Arts Center has come a long way since it first opened in January 1926. Originally built as a movie house, the theatre has been enjoying a recent surge in sales at the box office for touring Broadway shows and concerts.

The theatre has grown so much over the last nine decades, but to celebrate its anniversary, they are going back to their roots. Shea’s will present a showing of the silent film, Sherlock Holmes, with live accompaniment on its original Wurlitzer organ by House Organist Bruce Woody.

The instrument was manufactured in North Tonawanda and installed prior to the theatre’s original opening. It is a one of a kind instrument and estimated to be worth more than one million dollars.

The film will be shown at 2 pm on Sunday, January 17th. Advance tickets are available at Wegmans locations around. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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