Showcase Cinema Erlanger

3220 Meadow Lane,
Erlanger, KY 41018

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Showcase Cinema Erlanger

Located just west of I71 on Meadow Lane this opened as a 5-screen theatre December 20, 1974. It became an 8-screen multiplex opened in 1976. A single story building with a mostly glass front with white stucco style trim. Large lobby with the auditoriums directly behind the lobby. Well maintained for a multiplex built in 1974.

National Amusements closed the cinema in late-2008. It was demolished in October 2015.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

A 1974 Issue of Boxoffice mentions that Mid-States was going to build a 6-plex in Erlanger at the intersection of Donaldson Hwy & Hartman Rd. Does anybody know if this was built or if perhaps the Showcase got to it first?

sott68 on February 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

I saw many movies here – a nice enough place with good sized screens but they began to let it go after a bit…. I was there to see “The Sixth Sense” in 1999 and a panel fell from the ceiling into a batch of empty seats.

They closed this in April 2008 in anticipation of the DeLux Cinema that was being built just down the road at the Florence Mall.

There is no theaters on Donaldson, so they were never built.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

This opened on December 20th, 1974 with 5 screens. Grand opening ad and Google 3D aerial in photo section.

Kevin Tredway
Kevin Tredway on October 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm

This building is currently being demolished.

anamorphic on October 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm

This is another cinema I filled in as projectionists. My brother in law managed this unit for a while.

Madman007 on April 11, 2021 at 8:28 am

This theater will always be in my memory as it was where I first saw Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Packed house, line wrapped around the building. When Vader reveals his secret, everyone in the theater gasped at once. Last movie I saw here was Matrix Revolutions, which is fitting since it was a wreck of a movie.

des111168 on April 20, 2022 at 11:26 pm

Went to this theater all the time as a boy. Saw Star Trek the Motion Picture there several times during its 1979 run. Moved away but got to see it one more time during a visit to see family in the area. Saw Shrek there in 2001. I was amazed at how nothing had changed. It looked exactly as it did in 1979, as if I’d stepped through a wormhole into the past. It was still very clean and well kept and comfortable. I’m sorry to see that it’s gone now.

rivest266 on June 15, 2022 at 11:59 am

Demolition video:

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