Showcase Cinemas Louisville

3408 Bardstown Road,
Louisville, KY 40218

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Showcase Cinemas 10/28/10

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The Showcase Cinemas Louisville opened in September 1965. A couple of the newer theaters in town claim to have the largest screen… but I’m not so sure. Screen 1, an original screen is huge. Screen 4 and 5 feel even bigger with their mammoth-cave-size auditoriums. These three mentioned screens all have double aisles with three sections of seats. There are beautiful red curtains that seem like a mile long as they hang from the ceiling to the floor. All other screens are smaller or are former big screen auditoriums that were cut in half.

This theater is for sale and, because it is not up to code, will be torn down (the cheaper way to go) to make a clean slate for the buyer. It continued to operate until September 2004. Demolished in fall of 2010.

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William on October 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

When this theatre opened the louvered Cinerama screen was 73 feet by 28 feet. In 1969 the screen was replaced with a single sheet and in 1992 it was replaced with a flat screen.

LouisvillePete on December 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

I have fond memories of seeing Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark there with my brother. When I was young (1970’s), I remember that going to a movie there with the family was a very special occasion – we would get all dressed up and everything! And I think it was theater #4(?) that had that huge, mammoth screen! Also fond memories of seeing Fast Times at Ridgemont High with my first girlfriend there. An awesome theater it was. It’s all gone now. Completely razed. Cinematic destruction. Check out the Showcase Cinemas demolition photos I took:
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Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

When I was growing up in Louisville in the seventies, this was THE theater to see a movie in. It was so nice. All of the big films played here. Christmas ‘71 for example had diamonds are forever, straw dogs, dirty harry and dollars. They had artwork on the walls, and huge corridors. Beautiful theater.

Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Louisvillepete is dead on. This was a special event theater. A’s on your report card, birthday, stuff like that. I remember seeing earthquake in sensearound. Lol. Good times. They also got all of the bond movies

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

September 30th, 1965 grand opening ad as Cinema 1 & 2 in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

October 3rd, 1968 grand opening ad for Cinema 3 in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

December 23rd, 1970 grand opening ad for Cinema 4 in photo section

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

June 4th, 1971: renamed Showcase Cinemas. Ad in photo section.

rivest266 on October 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Ad from December 19th, 1973 opening with 6 screens in photo section

Coate on May 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

New Showcase Presentations in Louisville article includes mention of the numerous 70mm (and roadshow) engagements here at the Showcase Cinemas (along with other Louisville cinemas).

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