Showcase Cinema

11 Elm Street,
Oneonta, NY 13820

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The Showcase Cinema opened in 1966 and closed in 2000.

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ratkat
ratkat on April 21, 2010 at 8:27 am

I am a Oneonta native and remember the Showcase opening on November 20, 1970 showing its a Mad Mad Word.This bit of genuine fact can be verified at the newspaper site “dailynews.com”.The showcase had a lobby almost as large as the theater that was on the left side of the veiwing area.From 1966 till November 20,1970 Oneonta olny had one theater on Chestnut street.K.Bradon.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on April 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

I loved The Showcase and despite moving away and not seeing anything there after 1998, I was sad to hear that it had closed. I remember seeing Braveheart there like five or six times and having the owner smile and let me in for free that last time. He also would re-fill my sodas sometimes. It was a nice small place. They had a weird set-up in the back where there was just one single seat by the rear entrance and I used to take that when I went to films by myself. I believe the building has since been torn down.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on August 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Another thing I loved about The Showcase is that they took some chances on artier fare, which I also think helped drive them out-of-business as the college kids just didn’t turn out for these flicks like the management hoped. One screening of Gods & Monsters I attended had like five people in the room: three septagenarians, myself, and my skeptical friend who wasn’t really into art-house pictures. I think that was the last movie I saw there. My mother was recently lamenting that an hour-plus drive to Utica or Albany is now required to see something other than a blockbuster.

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