Theatre of Youth

Restoration of the Allendale Theatre

Before

After

Before

After

The years were not kind to The Allendale Theatre. Fortunately, the Allentown Association saved it from certain demolition and in 1986, Theatre of Youth entered into a partnership with the City of Buffalo to raise funds and renovate the theatre for its permanent home.

The Allendale renovation combined sensitivity to historic preservation, a challenging interior design, a unique collaboration between the disciplines of architecture and theatre, and an opportunity to promote neighborhood revitalization.

Historic elements such as the interior decorative pilasters, plaster moldings, domed ceiling and the exterior neoclassic façade have been repaired and restored.

The theatre is equipped with a proscenium stage, fly and wing space, a sound and lighting system, dressing rooms, rehearsal space, and seating for 469 people. The intention of the renovation was to honor the building’s past while assuring its usefulness in the future.

The $3.5 million project took 13 years to complete and the Allendale was opened in December 1999. This is TOY’s thirteenth season at The Allendale Theatre.

Since the opening, TOY has produced 74 shows, employed hundreds of actors and theatre artists, and welcomed over 500,000 adults and children to its performances.

Long-term Projects:
  • Restoration of the historic marquee
  • Restoration of dome
  • Theatre roof replacement