Showcase Cinemas Louisville

3408 Bardstown Road,
Louisville, KY 40218

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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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classictoonsand on May 3, 2008 at 7:41 am

Well, the building is still standing.

markp on May 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like the same situation we have here in New Jersey. NA’s old Amboys Multiplex, where I worked as a projectionist for years, closed in 2005, when the floor in the lobby sank. It is still standing, all boarded up. And in 2006 NA closed the All-Jersey Multiplex near Newark airport, and it too sits all boarded up. The only thing these two buildings are see now are the graffitti artists, who do their thing, then NA has someone come and whitewash the buildings again. One final note, Amboys opened in 1979, was 14 screens at the end, All-Jersey opened in 1991 as 12 and closed as 12.

ThadAdams on July 28, 2008 at 4:26 am

I can relate to many of the comments above. I have many fond memories of Showcase Cinemas on Bardstown Road. As a youngster I remember most seeing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Later on I was going on dates to Showcase. My travels around town this past week took me by the site and it looks very run down. I also remember the Take 5 restaurant that was built in the front parking lot and operated for many years. I have many great memories of that place.

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Mike Richardson on August 13, 2009 at 12:59 am

Three exterior lights still burning. “For Sale, Lopp Commercial Real Estate, 1-800-576-5677”

Triplet on December 8, 2009 at 2:01 am

Showcase cinemas, bashford manor mall, and the toy tiger. I remember that strip like i lived there, but I was actually from bardstown. I remember peeing my pants as a kid when my uncles took me to see star wars there. I didn’t want to miss anything. It took us what seemed like hours just to get out of the parking lot, and they made me sit in the back of the truck all the way to bardstown. I still think of that when I see people getting up during a movie, I was only seven. All that’s gone, it’s a totally different place now. I went there on some awesome date nights when I got older, and I made sure to go before the movie.

Scottoro on September 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

It has recently been announced it will soon be demolished.

William on October 5, 2010 at 8:03 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 8:41 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 14, 2014 at 2:42 am

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 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

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

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