Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 7-14

6 Chickering Road,
Lawrence, MA 01843

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 7-14

The Showcase Cinemas 7-14 in Lawrence was initially built as a four theater complex, opening on October 16, 1981 as an expansion to Showcase Cinemas 1-4 located across the street on Winthrop Avenue.

On December 24, 1999 two more screens were added.

On August 25, 2000 they reconstructed to an 8 screen complex with stadium seating.

They became the only theater in operation in the City of Lawrence, since the original complex across the street closed in 2008. The Showcase Cinemas 7-14 was closed January 18, 2016. It was demolished in March 2023.

Contributed by James V. Roy

Recent comments (view all 10 comments) on March 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

This used to be just a parking lot, additional parking for the original theater across the street. For years the pavement was in horrible shape and the entrance was a little hill on the side of the Stadium Lanes bowling alley that was there before the current strip mall (out of frame to the left of photo). We used to have to push the cars to help them get out in the winter.
The owners of the Bowling alley were always at war with the ownership of the theater, some form of bad blood from the sixties. We used to have to keep attendants in the lot to make sure none of the patrons parked in their lot or else they’d have them towed.
Years later they sold some of the property and built a Denny’s restaurant. Since the foundation was basically wetlands they used a pile driver daily to pound telephone sized stakes into the ground for reinforcement of the foundation. In so doing we’d hear the noise and feel the vibrations all day across the street in the theater (1-4). Not long after we started noticing a lot of mice and rats in the theater that we believe were driven across the street from the construction.
When they opened the new theater across the Street, Bill Hurston, who had been managing 1-4, became the district manager of both. I’m not sure but I believe he was at least with the company until recently.

chitchatjf on April 8, 2010 at 4:56 am

The original 5-8 opened on October 16, 1981

chitchatjf on July 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

DLP update 3 down 5 to go

chitchatjf on October 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

NOW ALL Digital too!

BHurs on April 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

jimroy, you are correct

chitchatjf on December 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

to close on Jan 18th 2016

sawblade5 on November 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

This theater was used as a set and a scene from Daddy’s Home 2 per

br91975 on April 6, 2023 at 9:28 pm

Currently being demolished, in spite of the current owners’ proclamations they would instead renovate the building:

ridethectrain on September 27, 2023 at 5:14 pm

Please update, theatre opened October 16, 1981 (no grand opening ad, but uploaded showclock in the photos section), December 24, 1999 two more screens added and on August 25, 2000 and additional 2 screens added renamed Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 7-14

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