Showcase Cinemas East Hartford

936 Silver Lane,
East Hartford, CT 06118

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Sadly, it is still sitting there all boarded up.

John Fink
John Fink on July 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Anything going on with my old escape from a rough day of school? I loved this place. It was the first theater we visited when we went to look at where I went to undergrad (UHa) and I frequented it often on late weekday nights where I’d have one of those giant 400 seat auditriums to myself. I made the mistake of taking a girl on a first date here to see Queen Latifia in Beauty Shop, she said to me “this is amazing, how could a theater this big have no one in here” – it’s no wonder they closed – all my favorite theaters where I see awesome movies alone like Cineplaza and The Screening Zone in NJ are gone.

The place is/was still in good repair and kept spotless by the staff – only ever had one strange complaint about it – they jumbled the last two reels on a Bollywood film. I remember thinking “gee, that movie just ended – what happened to the other guy” and then I stayed after the final musical number and then – there was another 20 minutes that explained it all. National sent me 4 free passes for bringing it to their attention.

I’m willing to bet if someone could/were to reopen this as a discount house (could probably never happen, I think the property was sold with the condition it could be a theater) it could do some solid business.

nemsltd67
nemsltd67 on July 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I seem to recall, in the spring of 1982 while the film “Arthur” was playing here,seeing an article in the New Britain Herald
mentioning the actor Dudley Moore, who starred in the film, was in town accompanying his then girlfriend actress, singer Susan Anton who was performing in Hartford. While in town, Moore actually attended a showing of the film here, reportedly to watch audience reaction to the film.

sandyrand
sandyrand on July 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Saw “Tommy” there in 1975 for $5.50 (outrageous for the time) when it was UA Theaters East!

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on December 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

The Courant has an article saying the property has been bought by a developer and the cinema will be demolished.

You can read it here.

e1337n00b
e1337n00b on June 16, 2008 at 1:24 am

Was going to venture around the old property, (and possibly take pictures) but every time I drive by a cop is there. Wonder if any bad activity is happening on the property to have a cop there every time I drive by.

markp
markp on March 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm

You got that right nub. National closed the Amboys Multiplex here in central N.J. in May 2005, and it still sits there boarded up. Every couple of months someone comes and paints over all the graffiti on the building.

e1337n00b
e1337n00b on March 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

I wonder what they’re going to do with the property. It’s probably just gonna sit there for years.

John Fink
John Fink on January 1, 2008 at 11:28 am

Cinema City allegedly is getting a remodel by its new owners who are (shockingly) keeping it open for art films. Criterion’s programing mirrors that of the Palace, with a few exceptions (No County for Old Men, Before the Devil Knows Your Dead). I’m just glad to see Bow Tie isn’t veering into Real Art Ways territory. I suppose with 14-screens gone here and 8 in Bloomfield shut down for a few years now they figure the area can support 8 additional screens (2 additional ones at Buckland and 6 at Criterion). East Hartford was great, when the show was sold out at Buckland or the Palace, this was the place to go, and it was well maintained right up to its closing for the most part. I used to go here just for the retro feel of the place, it was like going to the movies in the 70’s/80’s, reminded me of going to General Cinema when I was growing up.

Back to Tom’s point, National upgrade a similar style of theater in Seekonk, MA (Seekonk 1-10) with stadium seating, its a little odd give the lack of riser’s height (think of the smaller theaters at Buckland) and the long narrow style of the theaters (or at least the one I was in in Seekonk), they also upgraded the color scheme to the blue and teal of Showcase/Mulitplex sites circa 1997-2002, it was like someone combined Buckland’s wall treatments, stadiums eating and lobby pre it’s Cinema De Lux upgrade with East Hartford’s lay out – with a much smaller square lobby).

Taxi
Taxi on January 1, 2008 at 2:19 am

Cinema City also opened in 1973, I am not sure which opened first, but if I had to bet which one would close first, I would have lost. There was a time when this was the only place to see movies, because it really was the only place, now there is such a glut of screens. If showcase had renovated the theater before buckland hills opened, with stadium seating etc, I think business would have been split and this theater would still be open today. -tom

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 31, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Over a year later…still closed.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 8, 2006 at 8:56 pm

change status to closed

jedimaster420
jedimaster420 on November 1, 2006 at 11:32 am

Anyone got any pics on what it used to look like before the renovations….

SpikeSpiegel6262044
SpikeSpiegel6262044 on September 5, 2006 at 5:50 pm

I remember this theater, I remember getting free passes from my boss at A.C. Petersens and my free Return of the Jedi Special Edition pass from Kiss 95.7. My father used to take us there a lot, now I’m sad to see it close.

cookiecutter0356
cookiecutter0356 on September 5, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Showcase East Hartford closed on September 4th, 2006.

jedimaster420
jedimaster420 on September 4, 2006 at 9:56 pm

Went to the last show tonight. The final show was the 1015 showing of Beerfest

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 25, 2006 at 1:36 pm

It opened in 1973 as a 4 screen cinema. When I was a child this was the only multiplex (greater than 3 screens) in the Hartford area. I’ll miss it.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 25, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Showcase actually opened in 1973 as a 4 screen cinema, the first multiplex in the Hartford area. It now seats 3,800 people in its 4 auditoriums. Sadly, however, it will be closing on September 4, 2006. The article is at View link

jedimaster420
jedimaster420 on August 25, 2006 at 1:27 pm

View link

Here’s a link to the article

jedimaster420
jedimaster420 on August 25, 2006 at 1:05 pm

It’s due to close in the next couple of weeks

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on June 24, 2005 at 12:39 pm

I thought this cinema opened early to mid-70’s.