Showcase Cinemas Seekonk 1-10
800 Fall River Avenue,
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Previously operated by: National Amusements
Previous Names: Showcase Cinemas 1-2-3
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This multiplex was built back in 1974, though with fewer screens, and was subdivided and modified as time went on. It was considered the top first-run movie theatre in the greater Providence area. Later Showcase Seekonk Cinemas 11-12 was built across the street to expand the number of screens without reducing parking in the original lot. That has since closed as unneeded because even later, in the 1990’s, came the birth of 10 screen Showcase Seekonk Cinemas Route 6, about a mile away. So there are two Showcase Cinemas multiplexes about a mile apart.
The Showcase Cinemas Seekonk 1-10 was closed in September 7, 2010.
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There was at least one very big auditorium here for many years after it opened. By the late 1990s everything had been subdivided into bite-size cinemas.
This theatre opened as the Showcase Cinemas 1-2-3 on Friday, June 28, 1974. The features on the three screens were The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Lucille Ball in Mame. Over the years it kept growing, subdividing, stadiumizing.
The theater reminded me of East Hartford (the screen I was in was long and narrow) – they had repainted and redone it all to look like a newer National house with re-appointed theaters, unfortuantly due to the lenght the stadium seating didn’t achieve the height of the other Seekonk theater). The lobby was simular to the rectangular National Design circa the 70’s/80’s. The theater is well run, clean and I sensed the it had a loyal local following and I assume does well as booth Seekonk Showcase Cinemas still have midnight shows.
I think they do a commendable job here in employing some handicapped persons as ticket-takers.
Change to closed as of 09/07/2010. Tonight was the last showing.
So sorry to see it close. Worked there in the late 70s as a projectionist then as a manager. Back then we had 70mm, weekends were packed. I’LL always remember the 4th of July it was pouring out,so people headed to the Bristol parade ended up here instead. We sold out every show every screen that day. People camped out in the lobby, by 4 in the afternoon we ran out of candy and soda.
Ran out of Candy and Soda,you didn’t have a sister theatre to draw from?No excuse to run of Coke.Never had that problem on “JAWS” and we played it Five times a Day in a 881 seat House.seems like bad management to me.Guess you ran out of Popcorn too.
i cant believe this cienma closed wow
this was a mega plex back in its day