The Terminated “Terminal Rock Concert One” at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr Buffalo, NY 14212 – November 27, 1981
Here was a gig we were really looking forward to. This was going to be the beginning of a series of all-age concerts that Backstage Productions planned to host at this classic historical landmark.
Based on the promo, there were going to be two shows; an early show (3:30 pm – 8:30 pm) for the under-age kids and then the night show for the regular concert going crowd (aka: alcoholics and stoners that are functioning and financially capable).
Shortly after the concert series was announced it was suddenly cancelled…
They should have named this gig the “Terminated Rock Concert One”. I recall the reason for its cancellation was that the promoters couldn’t get the liability insurance or a license to serve alcohol for the night show and sadly enough, that’s why it never came to be.
The Buffalo Central Terminal is a renowned historical landmark that was originally built on June 22nd, 1929 prior to the Great Depression. During the 19th century, there was a need for a single union station and fourteen million dollars was invested to build this terminal. On opening day 2,200 guests were invited to attend the celebration at Buffalo’s Central Station.Architects Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner spent years of creatively and strategically designing a model that was intricate and easily accessible to the public which is now known to be one of the greatest public spaces in Buffalo. This art deco style, 17-story office tower was built to handle over 200 trains and 10,000 passengers daily as it dominated the East Skyline in the Broadway/Fillmore District. At 523,000 square feet and standing at 271 feet high, you were able to see it up to 15 miles away when it was lit up at night
The Buffalo Central Terminal was a major transportation center that linked the Northeast with the Midwest and other areas around the country.The station would allow New York Central passenger trains to travel directly from New York City to Chicago without having a delay in Buffalo due to the other terminals that were located downtown. Due to loss of revenue and the end of World War II, the terminal was headed for a straight decline. In 1956 it was put on the market for one million dollars, which was never bought. The Buffalo Central Terminal was put on the State and National Registers of Historical Places, which is the reason why it still stands today. Ever since, there have been numerous attempts at restoration by local volunteers and the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Cooperation who bought it for $1. The Buffalo Central Terminal has been put on the Preservation League of New York State’s “Seven to Save” list and will continue to be a work in progress. In the years since the Terminal’s abandonment, it has become a potent source of paranormal stories. Local urban explorers and less respectable paranormal investigators would break into the property to look around, leaving in a hurry and with numerous scary experiences. One volunteer was alone in third-floor offices, and saw two people (described as being dressed in old-fashioned clothing) standing at a water fountain. When he stepped closer, the people and the water fountain disappeared. The experience shook the volunteer so badly that he will not enter the building alone. There are cold spots widely reported throughout the terminal, especially on the train platforms. Some who have visited have asked the darkness for a response, and gotten a loud bang. More of this historic building can be seen on You Tube: Buffalo Central Terminal in Color, 1964 & 1970, Buffalo, New York