Showcase Cinemas East Hartford

936 Silver Lane,
East Hartford, CT 06118

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Showcase Cinemas East Hartford, CT

Opened June 27, 1973 as a 4-screen theatre and expanded through various renovations and auditorium divisions, it currently stands at 14 screens, 2 of which on the entrance side of the building are “new” – meaning the seats actually have cup holders. The other 12 are traditional big box types, a few have been subdivided, screens 7, 8, and 9 are the largest in the house.

A victim of National Amusements Buckland Hills this theatre was never crowded (unless the picture was sold out at the Palace or Buckland) and would usually show two Indian films (the only cinema in Hartford County to do so regularly).

A former ice cream shop in the cinema now sits closed up. The Showcase Cinemas were closed in 2006 and were demolished in November 2019.

Contributed by John J. Fink

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Sadly, it is still sitting there all boarded up.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2017 at 12:17 am

This opened on June 27th, 1973 with four screens. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Tomyad
Tomyad on October 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm

I was one of the original management team that opened the 4 Plex. It was a gem on silver lane. The entire operation was top notch for the time. As floor manager, I interacted with thousands of pleased patrons who received a grand entertainment experience. Popcorn was popped on site and land o lakes butter was the topping. I was saddened to read that the cinema closed.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on November 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

was supposed to be demolished for a new state casino. i don’t think the casino was built but it was demolished. please update

Cinerama
Cinerama on September 11, 2019 at 8:46 am

I remember one night the cars were backed up to the entrance and an employee telling us which shows were sold out. Very popular theatre in the 70s.

Cinerama
Cinerama on November 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

Change status to demolished – picture attached.

Orlando
Orlando on November 5, 2019 at 11:57 am

Showcase Cinemas East Hartford (Redstone) alias National Amusements, it’s all the one and only Sumner Redstones' theatres. It could not be a victim of the Buckland Hills. A redstome is a redstone is a redstone. Most of his theatre empire is now stone cold demolished. He will join them soon enough.

markp
markp on June 3, 2020 at 7:26 am

They need to do the same thing to the National Amusements Amboys Multiplex in New Jersey, where I worked as a projectionist for 21 years and closed in May 2005.

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