Grateful Dead at the Shea, Buffalo, 1979

Grateful Dead Buffalo 1979 poster performing at Shea's Theatre Buffalo NY 1979

Andrew Elias


Grateful Dead at the Shea's, Buffalo, 1979


First printing, lithograph, Near Mint


Framed: 27 1/2" tall x 21 1/4" wide





Close-up of frame

Frame at angle


Shea’s Theater in Buffalo originally opened as a movie theatre in the Roaring Twenties. Architecturally inspired by European seventeenth- and eighteenth-century opera palaces, it eventually fell into disrepair in the 1960s. A few years later the city took over the property when the owner failed to pay his taxes. At that point, a handful of committed individuals came together and saved the theater, wrangling grants to rehab the theatre. For its grand re-opening in the late '70s, Cab Calloway, who had played there when it first opened in 1926, performed for a sold-out audience. The Dead must have been one of the first bands to play the newly reopened Shea’s, helping the theater to enter a new era.


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