Showcase Cinemas 16-19
895 Riverdale Street,
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Opened in 1968 by E.M. Loew Theatres, the Palace was a classic single-screen, 1960s-era theater that featured a large lobby with a huge glass facade. In the mid-1970s, Sack Theatres twinned the 1,000-seat auditorium.
In the mid-1980s, the Palace was swallowed up by its larger neighbor across the street, Showcase Cinemas, which divided the movie house into four auditoria. The Palace 1-2-3-4 sign was later replaced with one for Showcase and the theater was last known as the Showcase Cinemas West Springfield 16-19, with the other fifteen screens across the road.
The original Showcase Cinemas was torn down to make way for a new National Amusements megaplex, while the former Palace remained true to its minimally raked seating.
The theater was not in the future plans of National Amusements, though, and was closed in 2002. In 2006, the theater was demolished. A Raymour & Flanigan furniture store now sits where the Palace once stood.
The Palace’s large lobby, exterior design, and glass facade were the only examples of this era in theater design anywhere in the Springfield area.
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