2007 Photo from the Christopher Crouch collection
3440 Bell St|
|Record #4652 |
Opened: April 1, 1977|
Current Use: Fitness Center
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: Noret Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by John Szalkowski.
Showplace 4 opened in the late spring of 1977. It was the first non-union movie theater to open in Amarillo, which caused a tremendous uproar. We had automated single-reel projection transports that didn't require reel change-overs (the Cinema Twin on Western was the only other one that had similar equipment, but using a platter system). The owners refused to pay union wages to a projectionist for basically doing "nothing". Select ushers at Showplace were trained to thread and start the projectors. The projectionists union picketed the theater for many months after the opening.
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November 2009 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
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August 2007 photos from the Christopher Crouch collection.
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