Rockridge Showcase West

293 Whitmore Street,
Oakland, CA 94611

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This triplex was built as an extension of the Rockridge Showcase (q.v.). It was opened on April 6, 1984.

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gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 5:10 pm

Rockridge Showcase West seated 610 people total (275; 175; 160 respectively in the individual cinemas).

mlind on February 15, 2005 at 7:37 pm

In old phone books, this was also referred to as Showcase Cinemas and Showcase 3,4,5.

RobertR on July 19, 2005 at 4:37 pm

I’m not sure if this is this theatre?
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gsmurph on August 24, 2005 at 7:46 am

I’m inclined to think not, RobertR—-Rockridge Showcase West’s marquee never had a circular sign saying “Cuisne of China” above it, and the cinema building was never used for a restaurant.

bago1 on April 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

i remember going to the rockridge west many times i remember this theater being right across the street from oakland tech high school. there was also extra parking in a parking lot on broadway across the street from the high school there was a showcase sign years after it was closed down the sign is now gone the last movie i seen here was snow white with my little sister good old memorys ….

heres a link to a picture of the showcase west today …
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owlhen on October 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I currently live in the building that once housed the Rockridge Showcase West, it currently houses a number of loft apartments. My understanding is that the building itself was built in the 1940s as a furniture warehouse, then converted to theater use in the 1970s or 80s. The sealed concrete floors show evidence of diagonal tile and pits from things being bolted to the floor at one time. The theater parking sign remained at the parking lot across the street until just a couple of years ago; it has since been taken down, as that lot and its adjacent building are now a Kaiser Permanente facility. Does anyone have photos of what this building looked like during its theater incarnation?

rivest266 on July 3, 2022 at 10:59 pm

This opened on April 6th, 1984. Grand opening ad posted.

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