Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
670 Legacy Place,
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Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place is National Amusements' newest, and perhaps, last multiplex. The $30 million, 91,000-square foot theater is part of a $200 million, 675,000-square-foot six-building upscale life-style shopping center called Legacy Place located on the grounds of the demolished 12-screen Dedham Showcase Cinema and the old Redstone Dedham Drive-In. The drive-in, opened in 1948, was converted to cinema parking in 1982 and National Amusements relocated its worldwide headquarters there to a standalone office building as well. The theater and the headquarters were torn down for construction of this mall, and NA is partners in the development.
This 15-screen, 2,999-seat theater, with four auditoriums offering Lux Level service, a Lux Level Lounge, and Studio 3 restaurant, officially opened August 28, 2009 and takes up the second floor of building B in the back of the mall above King’s, a bowling alley and bar. Originally, it was to have 16 screens, but fear that it would put the nearby two-screen Dedham Community Theater out of business put local pressure on the company to cut it back to 12 screens. NA eventually compromised to 15 screens with no reduction in seating and a promise to book only mainstream films to protect the artsy-minded Community Theater.
National Amusements was to rebuild its headquarters in back of the multiplex for a seventh Legacy Place building, however, the poor economic climate and the crushing debt put upon it by majority owner Sumner Redstone has put a hold on those plans, and the company continues to operate from a building it bought in nearby Norwood. A grass-covered field marks the spot where the headquarters was to be located.
The architect for the cinema and for National Amusements' headquarters is spg3 of Philadelphia. Legacy Place is named as a memorial to NA President Shari Redstone’s grandfather, Michael Redstone and to commemorate National Amusements getting its start with a drive-in there 61 years earlier.
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