West Springfield 15

864 Riverdale Road,
West Springfield, MA 01089

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UFAlien on November 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Went today. Only one hallway of auditoriums is open, the other is currently walled-off with an “employees only” door. Seven auditoriums are showing movies, all with electric recliners. The renovation has also involved installing new 4K projectors and I noticed the improved image. The aisles are very wide now with far fewer total seats in each auditorium. All theatres are now reserved seating as well. What’s more, the largest auditorium is being renovated for Cinemark XD.

The only downsides are that the prices have gone up and that there’s now a wall between each aisle to block out your view of the aisles in front of you; sadly this also obstructs the rear surround sound channels.

UFAlien on October 29, 2017 at 1:29 am

They’re renovating the auditoriums to install their “Luxury Loungers” power recliners. At the moment this theatre is only operating eight screens that have already had the new seats installed; the other seven are presumably under construction.

rvrinsea on August 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

As someone who spent their youth at this theater complex, most of the detail in this article is spot on. However there was no “Glass covered walkway” between Cinemas 1-2 and Cinema 3 (I use the original screen numbers) – there was a concrete walkway, but it was outdoors, with an awning covering the walkway from the west parking lot (between the two buildings) but stopping once Cinema 3 was entered. The last eighty feet were entirely unprotected as you made your way to the Cinema 1-2 entrance.

One thing which has not been mentioned is the sheer scale of the parking lots to the west of all three buildings required for over 5,000 seats. During the peak Christmas weeks, the traffic on Riverdale Road southbound (which was two lanes in each direction) could back up over one mile onto the Interstate 91 exit ramps. End up with a movie at the wrong time and you could end up in the far west lot, on a bitter cold evening, and a trudge that made you think of Dr. Zhivago.

spectrum on May 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Direct link to the cinema official website:


spectrum on January 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

The building for original Cinemas 4-5 was a completely separate building just north of the original two buildings. They’re only separated by about 50 feet. The original two buildings (original cinemas 1-3) were connected by a glass-enclosed walkway. I just posted a photo with a map of the buildings (also showing the Palace and Riverdale drive-ins across the street) showing how they all relate to each other. I’ve also just submitted a new description for this theatre on 1/18/2016 (should be up in a couple days,) which incorporates the very helpful corrections posted above, and some info from the Box Office article, and recommended that the people providing the additional information above be credited as co-contributers to the description.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2013 at 4:58 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 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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 on September 11, 2011 at 12:43 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 on September 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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

dickdziadzio on August 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

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 on August 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

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

spectrum on August 26, 2009 at 1:46 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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2008 at 8:43 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.