Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Art and history create a magical backdrop for memories at Shea’s.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Art and history create a magical backdrop for memories at Shea’s.

The Ambience

This memorable venue will transport you and your guests to a beautiful, historic setting patterned after the great opera houses in Europe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Shea’s is a prime example of a historical, big city movie palace complete with opulent marble and mirrored interiors, molded plaster work and vaulted ceilings.

Located in the heart of Buffalo’s theater district, Shea’s is adorned with antique furniture designed by Marshall Field and Tiffany & Co., mammoth chandeliers and a grand old Wurlitzer theater organ.

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The Features

With an entrance that rises to an impressive 100 feet, a grand lobby, petite lobby and an auditorium all containing an abundance of original décor, Shea’s is an ideal venue for rehearsal dinners, showers, weddings, banquets, birthdays, graduations, cocktail parties and more.

Shea’s can host seated events with a dance floor for 350 people, 500 people without a dance floor, and cocktails & hors d’oeuvres for up to 1000.

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Our experienced team is known for innovative ideas, meticulous planning and flawless execution. Schedule a private consultation with one of our event planning experts to discuss your upcoming event.

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“We recently had our wedding at Rapid's Theater in which Rich's catered the event and it was PERFECT. Everyone we came in contact with were more than accommodating, responsive and sincere. Since, the wedding we have only heard wonderful things from our guests. Our wedding was wonderful and flawless thanks to Rich's!”

EmilyBuffalo, NY

“Rich's Catering and Special Events exceeded all of our expectations! From our first meeting I felt immediately comfortable and confident that Steven could be trusted with our wedding. The set up was beautiful, food was exceptional and the service was perfect! I truly appreciated Steven's professionalism and incredible attention to detail but also his genuine kindness. We had such a magical day and I have such gratitude for Steven and his amazing team!”

StephanieBuffalo, NY

“We had the best wedding, and a lot of that had to do with Rich's! As we were planning from out of town, they were so flexible, accommodating and easy to work with. They helped with day of coordination, which took away from some of the stress. The set up was perfection, and the service was amazing. We cannot say enough about the value of what they provided, especially for cost. Thank you Steve and team for providing us with such happy memories, and contributing to such a successful and beautiful day.”

AlexandraCleveland, OH

“Rich's Catering was extremely professional. I live in Massachusetts and was holding a event in Buffalo, NY. Rich's catering handled every aspect of my event from ordering tables, pipe and drape, and linen. The food was amazing, every guests enjoyed everything the catering company had to offer. They decorated the room beautifully. I will be using Rich's catering again and highly recommend them.”

DeeannaBoston, MA

“Absolutely stunning! I couldn't have imagined a more perfect venue for our wedding reception. Our guests haven't been able to stop raving about how wonderful the food tasted and how fantastic of a job the bartenders and servers did. Thank you Gail Kendziora and everyone who had a party in setting up our reception. You did a beautiful job and I can't thank you enough!”

RachaelAmherst, NY