Springfield Cinemas

1250 St. James Avenue,
Springfield, MA 01104

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This complex opened on December 12, 1999. It was previously operated by Regal, Megastar Cinemas and Marquee Cinemas. Marquee closed the theatre on January 2, 2006 and it was reopened in May of 2006 by Entertainment Cinemas. The theatre featured digital sound, high back plush seats, large screens and first run attractions. It was closed January 11, 2015.

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SecondReel
SecondReel on December 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

The street view is correct, the Google push pin is in the wrong location.

John Fink
John Fink on December 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I just read a post-script to an incident that occurred in 2001 in which an 11-year old was stabbed to death (by another 11 year old) in the lobby of the cinema. I’m guessing that didn’t help the theatre (although the brand loyalty to Showcase Cinemas has been cited as a reason why this Regal didn’t work).

DocWatson
DocWatson on January 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm

The theater just closed on Sunday (11 January 2015). I was there last Tuesday, 6 January, and there was no sign that it would be closed—indeed, an independent film, Diamond Ruff, was scheduled to be shown this week. That said, and taking into account that I was only there on weekday nights, it was always almost deserted—I never saw a crowd there—so in a sense it was not a surprise. Still, it was not what I expected when I visited the Web site this morning to check some detail about the movies I planned to see this afternoon.

The theater’s Web page and an archive of it from today:

http://entertainmentcinemas.com/locations/springfield/

http://www.webcitation.org/6VYnGtitQ

News stories from the local newspaper on the closing:

Kelly, Ray (8 January 2015). “Entertainment Cinemas at Springfield Plaza closing on Sunday”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/01/entertainments_cinemas_at_spri.html

Newberry, Laura (9 January 2015). “Agawam Cinemas owner reacts to closing of Entertainment Cinemas, says claimed decline of theaters ‘simply isn’t accurate’”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/01/owner_of_agawam_cinemas_reacts_to_closin.html

The original post which the above article is covering:

https://www.facebook.com/AgawamCinemas/posts/799306283496807

Kinney, Jim (9 January 2015). “Springfield Plaza, Entertainment Cinemas building now under separate ownership”. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.).

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/01/springfleid_plaza_entertainment_cinemas.html

DocWatson
DocWatson on January 14, 2015 at 6:49 am

I forgot one other thing: the cinema had canceled its weekday nights late showings some time back, so that Monday through Thursday (I think) the ~7 p.m. screenings were the last ones.

Here are the links to the Diamond Ruff Web site and the film’s IMDb entry, the former of which still lists the Saturday 10 January “red carpet event” at the Springfield Entertainment Cinemas branch. I have no idea if it actually took place.

http://diamondruffmovie.com/images/cast/DR_PREMIERES_SPFLD_TEKA.jpg

http://www.webcitation.org/6VZLAhvnK

http://diamondruffmovie.com/bookings/

http://www.webcitation.org/6VZL4BoL9

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2111292/

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