Lancaster Showcase Theatre 1-2

4425 E. Lancaster Avenue,
Fort Worth, TX 76103

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Previously operated by: Cinemark, Showcase Theatres

Functions: Auto Repair Shop

Previous Names: East Lancaster Showcase Theatre

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Lancaster Showcase Theatre 1-2

The two-screen East Lancaster Showcase Theatre was opened August 2, 1974 with Larry Mahan in “The Great American Cowboy” & Richard Dreyfuss in “American Graffiti”. I came across this article in Box Office July 1984 "Four men robbed a Fort Worth movie theatre, Lancaster Showcase Theatre. They beat the manager and robbed the theatre, handcuffing him and setting the theatre on fire. Passerbys noticed the smoke and the fire department saved the beaten theatre manager. "They left him to die" according to fireman, Jim Noah. $150.000 fire damage was done to the Lancaster Showcase. The robbery took place on April 1, 1984 and the theatre never reopened. It was gutted internally and became an auto parts store.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm


lancaster showcase theater 1 & 2



Closed 1980?

Owned by Texas Cinema Corporation?

Need more info and photos.

Driveintheatre2001 on February 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

From what I can tell, the structure was either demolished or taken down in size. Looks like an O'Riellys is now on the land..

As seen HERE ..


Driveintheatre2001 on February 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Also, Address (On Cinematour) shows to be:

4425 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX ..

rivest266 on June 26, 2018 at 2:34 am

This opened on August 2nd, 1974 as the E. Lancaster Showcase. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on March 7, 2020 at 8:44 pm

Was anyone ever for the fire(arson) and robbery?

davidcoppock on March 7, 2020 at 8:48 pm

Opened with 2 screens. Opened on screen 1 with “The great American cowboy”, and on screen 2 with “American graffiti”.

dallasmovietheaters on March 8, 2020 at 5:38 am

Sargent and Frances Hill launched the Lancaster Showcase with an invitation-only, champagne preview on August 1, 1974. Each auditorium had 326 seats with auditorium one called Act I and auditorium two called Act II. Like their other locations, the Lancaster Showcase had a neighboring Bonanza Sirloin Pit Steakhouse to allow dinner and a movie. They also had a children’s nursery. The entire facility was down as the Bonanza Showcase Center.

In August of 1978, the theatre was taken over by Cinemark Theatres. The theatre had a cooperative agreement in 1979 featuring late night Chinese Martial Arts films at midnight and 2a. Later in 1979, Cinemark dropped the theatre which was picked up by T & S Theatres.

It was next operated by William B. Boren’s fledgling circuit consisting of the Eastgate Cinema in Garland, the Westgate Cinema in McKinney, the Wilshire Showcase I & II in Euless, the Cineworld 4 and Lancaster Showcase in Fort Worth and two theaters in Blackwell, OK. The Lancaster Showcase appears to have closed for good on April 1, 1984 after the theatre was looted.

dannyh on April 19, 2023 at 9:27 am

The building was gutted and rebuilt into an O'Reilly’s Auto Parts store.

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