Showcase Cinemas Springdale

12064 Springfield Pike,
Springdale, OH 45246

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The Bluemobile in front of Showcase Cinemas June 1980

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Built by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements, the Showcase Cinemas in Springdale, Ohio, opened on July 11, 1973 with four screens and marked the Massachusetts-based company’s entry into the Cincinnati market. The theatre was located just north of I-275 at the Ohio Route 4 (Springfield Pike) exit and was dubbed "Cincinnati’s Entertainment Showplace".

Local advertising touted the following amenities upon the theatre’s opening: exclusive rocking chair loungers, acres of free lighted parking, climate controlled for year round viewing pleasure, the most modern sound and projection equipment, showcase art gallery featuring works by local artists, reduced rates for groups and organizations.

The debut attractions were “Dillinger”, “Paper Moon”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Emperor of the North”.

In 1974, the theater became a five-plex. Two more screens were added in the early-1980’s, with a ninth and final screen added in the late-1980’s.

The theatre was equipped for 70mm projection and magnetic stereophonic sound in at least two of its screening rooms.

Showcase Cinemas Springdale was the second theatre in the state of Ohio to install Dolby Stereo (the first was the Carousel Theatre in Cincinnati in 1976). The system was installed in the spring of 1977 for the theatre’s engagement of “Star Wars”.

Some of the theatre’s 70mm presentations over the years included “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Brainstorm” (1983) and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984).

Digital sound was installed in the early-1990s.

The theatre was often used for special events, such as an early 70mm trade screening of “Blue Thunder” and a technical session for “Jaws 3-D”, both in 1983.

The longest-running engagement at Showcase Cinemas Springdale is believed to have been “Star Wars”, which ran 59 weeks during 1977-78. The theatre is famous for being among the original 43 that booked “Star Wars” during its limited-market Memorial Day weekend release.

The Showcase Cinemas Springdale was closed in 1998 and was demolished. It has been replaced with the Showcase Cinemas Springdale 18 which opened in 1998 and in 2004 was renovated and renamed Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux.

Contributed by Mark Lensenmayer, Michael Coate

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

myka1319 on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

This was clearly the premier theater in the city. Noted for it’s 70mm presentations through out the 80’s . I’m not certain but i thought there were a few screens that still had 70mm even after the upgrade but i’m not so sure.

rivest266 on January 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Uploaded an aerial photo for this drive-in. Same design as the Showcase Eastgate

THolloway on March 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

It was a fun place to work and Mr. Robert Horton(far left standing on the ground)was a wonderful boss and great guy.

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