Showcase Cinema I & II

136 Stonewood Street,
Downey, CA 90241

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Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Showcase Cinema

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This opened as a single screen theatre in the Stonewood Shopping Center. It was a real nice little theatre to see a show. It was opened on April 16, 1969 with Jack Lemmon in “The Odd Couple” & Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby”. It was twinned in 1971 and operated into the 1980’s. There was a Farrel’s Ice Creame right next door. It is now used as a fabric store.

Contributed by George Redfox

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lloydcom on June 28, 2006 at 7:37 am

The showcase Cinema was situated next to Farralls Ice cream store, in close location to the bakery, and the Sega/Timeout arcade.

I have pictures of the mall when it was open air. There was the Broadway, Thrifty, The Software Corner, sports shop, Jewelcor and the heathfood store my mom worked at. We just cannot forget the Hollander Cafeteria. Mervyns was added later. I have seen the mall since it was converted and it sucked. Well I guess it is better in the rainy season…

I saw plenty of excellent films at that cinema including ET. Shame it isn’t still there. If memory serves it was a two screen cinema, and today I still can hear the voice who recorded message of the movie times.

It was this cinema, the Bookshire Cinema on Downey Blvd (we though that was an odd name as there is a Brookshire Blvd on the next street) and the other cinema that turned into a mexican cinema on the same street, we hung out at as kids. The Downey Cinema was great for $1 shows and cheap popcorn.

The showcase was famous for its $2 thursday night specials. I think I saw starwars there too. There was another cinema near the Mcdonalds on Florence & Lakewood shopping mall (near the Sizzler) that showed the original starwars before they edited it for time.

I’ll look around for the photos and submit them. Our family was professional photographers and there should be home movies and George Redfox somewhere….

Incidentially the original poster George Redfox, I went to school at Gallatin and Downey High in the 80s with a George Redfox, and if it is you George drop me an email so we can catch up.

jmarellano on July 1, 2006 at 12:33 pm

Bob, I would like to see the pictures of old stonewood.

retrocool on September 15, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Hey Bob,

If you are around you can contact me at

retrocool on December 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Bob, I have pictures of old Stonewood posted at search Downey, California

KatMyKittiesMom on August 14, 2008 at 3:02 am

Bob, do you know what year Mervyn’s opened in Stonewood Mall? We were talking about movies and such but cannot agree on when Mervyn’s opened. It was so many years ago. I worked at the Broadway for a while. My friend says it has only been there 10 years but I remember going there when I was a kid with my mom so I think my friend is waaay off—or I’m really a third of my age! If you have this info, please let me know. Thanks a bunch!

richjr37 on July 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

When the Meralta on Downey Avenue closed in 1978,This place became the place to see Disney releases old and new.

RichardTheBeloved on February 15, 2018 at 6:05 am

I saw “Tommy” here in 1976.

This was not my local theater, but it was where the movie was so my mother took me and dropped me off..

rivest266 on October 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm

The Showcase Cinema opened with “The Odd Couple” and “Rosemary’s Baby” on April 16th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 22, 2022 at 3:47 am

A history of Stonewood Center says that this house opened as the single-screen Showcase Cinema for Robert L. Lippert’s Transcontinental Theatres. It was twinned in 1971.

Fanofcomedy on October 4, 2023 at 6:30 pm

When did this theater closed?

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