West Springfield 15
864 Riverdale Road,
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Showcase Cinemas first opened in 1962 as a twin, with identical 800 seat auditoriums fronted by a long and spacious lobby. This was the first multiplex in the region. In 1969, a second building was built just to the south, featuring a curved CinemaScope screen and over 1,000 seats. A couple of years later, a third building was constructed with two 800 seat auditoriums extending 90 degrees from a central lobby. Most of theses screens featured 70mm technology. This complex was unique by having three stand-alone complexes housing its five screens. In 1975, the two southernmost auditoriums (#1, #2) were twinned, and two years later, one of the original north screens (#5) followed suit. The other followed in 1980, and finally the big screen in 1984, bringing the total to 10 screens. Around 1985, Showcase bought the Sack Palace Twin across the street, splitting those auditoriums and renaming them screens 11-14. The auditoriums were clean modern design and the lobbies were spacious, with lots of glass. By the mid-1970’s, all of the downtown cinemas had closed, leaving this the only first run cinema in this part of the state.
With the facilities ageing, Showcase closed down the main complex, mostly demolishing it and incorporating walls of the remainder into a new 15-screen state of art complex, featuring stadium seating and digital projection. The complex across the street was renamed Showcase 16-19 before closing in late-2002, and being demolished in 2006.
The current building is a state of the art complex, one of the best in the region, with auditoriums ranging in size from 165 to 410 seats, totalling 3,765 capacity, with 3D capability. There is a main lobby bisecting the middle of the building with halls to the north and south leading to the various auditoriums and a large food court in the central spine.
It was taken over by Rave Motion Picture Theatres in December 2009. In June 2013 it was taken over by Cinemark.
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