Showcase Cinemas Louisville

3408 Bardstown Road,
Louisville, KY 40218

Unfavorite 9 people favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: National Amusements

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Twin Cinema, Showcase Cinemas

Nearby Theaters

News About This Theater

Showcase Cinemas 10/28/10

The Showcase Cinemas Louisville opened in September 1965. A couple of the newer theaters in town claim to have the largest screen… but I’m not so sure. Screen 1, an original screen is huge. Screen 4 and 5 feel even bigger with their mammoth-cave-size auditoriums. These three mentioned screens all have double aisles with three sections of seats. There are beautiful red curtains that seem like a mile long as they hang from the ceiling to the floor. All other screens are smaller or are former big screen auditoriums that were cut in half.

This theater is for sale and, because it is not up to code, will be torn down (the cheaper way to go) to make a clean slate for the buyer. It continued to operate until September 2004. Demolished in fall of 2010.

Contributed by Troy

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

When I was growing up in Louisville in the seventies, this was THE theater to see a movie in. It was so nice. All of the big films played here. Christmas ‘71 for example had diamonds are forever, straw dogs, dirty harry and dollars. They had artwork on the walls, and huge corridors. Beautiful theater.

Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Louisvillepete is dead on. This was a special event theater. A’s on your report card, birthday, stuff like that. I remember seeing earthquake in sensearound. Lol. Good times. They also got all of the bond movies

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

September 30th, 1965 grand opening ad as Cinema 1 & 2 in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

October 3rd, 1968 grand opening ad for Cinema 3 in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm

December 23rd, 1970 grand opening ad for Cinema 4 in photo section

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

June 4th, 1971: renamed Showcase Cinemas. Ad in photo section.

rivest266 on October 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Ad from December 19th, 1973 opening with 6 screens in photo section

Coate on May 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

New Showcase Presentations in Louisville article includes mention of the numerous 70mm (and roadshow) engagements here at the Showcase Cinemas (along with other Louisville cinemas).

rivest266 on December 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

This cinema was so popular that its caused traffic congestion.

Found on

Rosalind08 on April 6, 2021 at 3:23 pm

The neon lettering reading “CINEMA” that was on top of this theater are now on the back of the main screen of the Georgetown drive-in, just across the river in Indiana. So glad to know the signage went to a good home!

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.