Showcase Cinemas Toledo

3500 Secor Road,
Toledo, OH 43606

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2009 at 12:39 am

Boxoffice of January 4, 1965, reported that 1000 invited guests had attended the formal opening of the Cinema Theatre on December 16, 1964. The article said that Cinema 1 had 705 seats and Cinema 2 seated 1,100. The project was designed by architect William Riseman.

The January 15, 1968, issue of Boxoffice listed Redstone’s Cinema 3, with 1,140 seats, among theaters that had been opened in 1967.

The Toledo twin was not unique. An October 5, 1964, Boxoffice item said that Redstone Management was building a twin theater at Pontiac, Michigan, which “…will be identical with other Redstone projects at Toledo, Louisville, Washington, and Springfield, Mass.” All of Redstone’s theaters during this period appear to have been designed by William Riseman & Associates. The same firm designed a number of locations for General Cinema during this period, too, which probably accounts for the similarities noted by CWalczac.

The first item Boxoffice published about this theater, in 1963, gave the address where the project was to be built as 3436 Secor Road. An Internet search on that address today fetches various real estate web sites that say it is a 13 acre parcel of vacant land, being offered for sale at $7,000,000. Has the Showcase been demolished?

rivest266 on May 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Correction, the 17th, ad at View link

rivest266 on May 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

This opened on December 18th, 1964, a grand opening ad for Cinemas 1 & 2 is at View link

Brian Zachel
Brian Zachel on April 30, 2008 at 4:45 am

Cinema 1 and 2, as they were originally known, opened with a lot of fanfare in 1964. They advertised uninterrupted site lines, spacious reclining seats, giant wall to wall screens and MOST important…acres of FREE parking! That alone spelled the ultimate demise of the downtown movie theater. The Valentine Theater downtown was the official 70mm Cinerama theater at the time. They lost their bid to this title in early 1966 when the Redstone chain secured the rights to show all future Cinerama films. The first 70mm Cinerama feature to be shown there was The Battle of the Bulge in 1966. The last time a Cinerama film showed there was around 1977 when they showed 2001 A Space Odyssey in “Cinerama” one last time. Cinerama was ultimately abandoned and the other theaters were twinned up untill it closed in 2005.

CSWalczak on March 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

“2001, A Space Odyssey” played here in 70mm Cinerama on a reserved seat basis in Cinema 1 when the theater was known as Cinema 1, 2, 3. I think it was originally built and operated by General Cinema as its architecture was similar to many theaters they built and operated in the 1960s.