Showcase Cinema

11 Elm Street,
Oneonta, NY 13820

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The Showcase Cinema opened on November 20, 1970 with Spencer Tracy in “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”. It was closed in 2000.

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ratkat on April 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I am a Oneonta native and remember the Showcase opening on November 20, 1970 showing its a Mad Mad Word.This bit of genuine fact can be verified at the newspaper site “”.The showcase had a lobby almost as large as the theater that was on the left side of the veiwing area.From 1966 till November 20,1970 Oneonta olny had one theater on Chestnut street.K.Bradon.

cmbussmann on April 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I loved The Showcase and despite moving away and not seeing anything there after 1998, I was sad to hear that it had closed. I remember seeing Braveheart there like five or six times and having the owner smile and let me in for free that last time. He also would re-fill my sodas sometimes. It was a nice small place. They had a weird set-up in the back where there was just one single seat by the rear entrance and I used to take that when I went to films by myself. I believe the building has since been torn down.

cmbussmann on August 20, 2012 at 1:40 am

Another thing I loved about The Showcase is that they took some chances on artier fare, which I also think helped drive them out-of-business as the college kids just didn’t turn out for these flicks like the management hoped. One screening of Gods & Monsters I attended had like five people in the room: three septagenarians, myself, and my skeptical friend who wasn’t really into art-house pictures. I think that was the last movie I saw there. My mother was recently lamenting that an hour-plus drive to Utica or Albany is now required to see something other than a blockbuster.

dallasmovietheaters on November 7, 2022 at 12:55 pm

Harold and Alice deGraw of the Oneonta Theatre launched the first and only new hardtop theater in 58 years at 11-15 Elm on November 20, 1970 with Spencer Tracy and a cast of many in the Showcase Cinema’s opening film of “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.” Prior to launch, the deGraws consummated a deal to have the venue operated by Boston-based Esquire Theatres of America. The theater fulfilled its 30-year lease before closing.

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