West Springfield 15

864 Riverdale Road,
West Springfield, MA 01089

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Showcase Cinemas 4 & 5 were featured in this single-page article from Boxoffice of August 30, 1971. There are photos of the box office and concession stand. The article doesn’t specifically say if the new twin was a separate building unconnected to the earlier three screens, but I get the impression that it was. For one thing, the concession stand looked just about big enough to serve the 1,424 seats of the twin, and no more.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

Judging by the grand opening ads for screens four and five, it looks like it was a separate out building that was not actually attached to the other three. Can anybody confirm?

rivest266
rivest266 on September 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Additional screens: 3rd screen opening took place on April 19th, 1967, Ad posted in photo section 4th screen in new building took place on June 30th, 1971. ad posted in the photo section 5th screen opened in new building on July 7th, 1971. 6 cinemas in 1973 8 cinemas in 1976

rivest266
rivest266 on September 11, 2011 at 2:53 am

This opened on December 31st, 1964. Grand opening ad in the photo section of this theatre’s page.

dickdziadzio
dickdziadzio on August 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

William, thank you for making all the necessary corrections to the initial post. The complex opened in late 1964 with Cinema 1 with a Cinerama curtain but a smaller flat screen behind it.The Cinerama screen was put in about 6 months later. Cinema 2 had a flat “Shadowbox” screen with no curtain or masking. Cinema 3 opened in early Spring 1967 with D-150 and “The Bible”. A seperate building was put up in the parking lot next to Cinema 3 several years later opening as the first automated twin. Eventually every house was split down the middle except Cinema 3 which was split front / back. I was a projectionist there for 21 years.

William
William on August 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The original Complex seated. Cinema 1 700 (Cinerama house) Cinema 2 1100 Cinema 3 1012 (D-150 house)

spectrum
spectrum on August 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Finally got to see the place. Large wide main concourse down the middle of the building with a main coordior extending north and one south, and cinemas going off on either side of these two corridors. Except for the big screens – 8 and 9, they open off the main concourse.

They have both a concession area in the center of the concourse, as well as a food court with several fast food chains represented.

auditoriums are all stadium seating plain walls with heavy soundproofing and minimal decoration. the main auditoria have impressive screens.

Seating capacity totals 3,765 arranged as follows: 1-285, 2-285, 3-240, 4-240, 5-210, 6-210, 7-220, 8-410, 9-355, 10-165, 11-210, 12-220, 13-220, 14-220, 15-220.

1: 285
2:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm

The 2003 rebuilding of the Showcase Cinemas in West Springfield was one of more than 70 cinema projects which have been designed for National Amusements by the Boston-based architectural firm Beacon Architectural Associates. I haven’t been able to discover the architect of the original buildings.

To see Beacon’s description of the project on their website, click on “portfolio”, then “commercial”, then “Showcase and Multiplex Cinemas”, and click through the various projects until you reach the page for this one.