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This is where I saw my favorite movie of all time, Goodfellas, on opening night. On the way there, my buddy and I got to see a hit and run accident. We chased the car about 6 blocks before he finally got away from us.
The Cheri was a BIG disappointment. Coming from Louisville, where some of the multiplexes were quite excellent, most of the Boston theatres were a joke. I remember walking into the theatre and seeing a partially opened screen with curtains on either side. It seemed as though there were no good seats, with the screen being on the top of the slope and the back row at the bottom. I remember feeling like every seat forced you to look at the back of the head of the person in front of you.
At least the screen was big, I thought. So the movie started… and the curtains stayed where they are. What is this? A theatre this big with a screen that small. YUCK.
But hey, a great movie can overcome a lot. So this theatre holds memories for me.
I am not aware of movies being shown for classes at BU in the Nick. Most of the films we watched were shown in an auditorium in the Communications building or elsewhere on campus. This could be because the films shown were primarily 16mm, which I doubt the Nick had. Plus, the equipment in the Nick was owned by Loew’s. I was there from 89 to 93.
This was THE place to see a movie in Louisville. It’s where I took my wife on our first date (to see That Thing You Do). I saw dozens of movies here over the years, including Star Wars back in 1977 and Titanic years later. Showcase had several huge screens with hundreds of comfortable seats. If memory serves, the theaters did not share a common entrance and were later enclosed. Theaters 3 and 4 were the best places to see a movie here, and the curved screen was a sight to behold. It was one of the few places I’ve been where sitting up front was actually enjoyable. The sound and size of the screens were almost like Imax when the right movie was being shown.
Sadly the last few movies I saw there reflected the rise of newer theaters in Louisville. The crowds were smaller, the neighborhood rougher, and the projection and attention to the details at the theater were lacking.
This place holds a lot of great memories for me. I’ll certainly miss it.
I have lots of great memories of this relatively mediocre theatre in Boston. As a Film Major at Boston University, I had a few classes in the main theatre in the building, which was known to have a few tiny full time rodent residents. Among the films I saw here were Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs, Wild At Heart, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Crazy People (with an appearance by Tony Bill), and Cry Baby. It saddens me that it is gone.
For a city full of culture and college kids, Boston had some lame places to see movies. The only movie I ever saw here was Groundhog Day. This was certainly a better place to see a movie than the Loew’s theaters in the area.