Showcase Cinemas Orange

100 Marsh Hill Road,
Orange, CT 06477

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Showcase Cinemas Orange

Showcase Cinemas Orange was an eight screen theater. It had digital sound and shows first run movies.

Closed in March 2008, it was demolished in June 2009.

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Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

MPol on December 10, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Thanks, movie534.

CinemarkFan: If this kind of awful debt has gotten to National Amusements, and AMC, and then to Regal, what will happen to the independent movie palaces that’re left here in the United States, as a whole?

shoeshoe14 on December 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I saw the story this afternoon on channel 8.

MPol on December 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

I don’t get Channel #8, because I’m not in that area.

John Fink
John Fink on April 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

It wasn’t the theater operation that led them into debt, it was financing Redstone’s takeover of Viacom, the theater operation was used as collateral and Redstone doesn’t want to sell control of the Viacom, therefore he sold off Midway and other holdings, the theater chain is the last thing to go. Regal stuck its core – they operate cinemas, they never got involved in the content production as far as I know. They got into trouble because they kept buying chains and some had terrible locations in development during the boom that opened as Regals (see Bergen Plaza in North Bergen, NJ). AMC is owned privately by a holding company that is comprised of investment banks, although they have some publicly held debt. Cinemark, Carmike and Regal are publicly traded.

If Redstone can sell the theatre complexes at a good price he might be able to retire the debt. I hear they plan on keeping 17 sites in the Northeast, no word on what theaters they’ll be. NA has a lot of real estate including property that their abandoned drive ins still stand on, some of which they have flee markets at on weekends. I think it might be nearly impossible for us, the public, to get a read on all of N/A’s assets as they are privately held, but I wonder if a sale/lease back type of agreement might allow them to continue to operate certain sites.

e1337n00b on June 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

They started to demolish this theater: View link to read the article. So sad, was the only NA theater in CT that I did not visit, and wanted to but never got around to it.

e1337n00b on June 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

I did go to East Hartford on the last day of it’s operations though

fred1 on June 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

Me too .Its like saying goodby to an old freind

bicyclereporter on August 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

United Illuminated is building their new headquarters on this property.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

All the photos listed here are from the Showcase Orange 1-2-3 that was located across the highway from the 8-plex. Shouldn’t these be separate from each other?

MSC77 on December 30, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Showcase Cinemas’ run is mentioned in the piece.

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