Demolition Crew Takes Down What A Tornado Could Not
It closed last summer and now demolition crews are tearing down the former Holiday Showcase Restaurant. It has stood at the site of the former Aero Drive-In on Union Road since the mid 1970's and I think it would be difficult to find someone who has never eaten there.
For many in my generation it was pretty much standard procedure to enjoy a movie at the Holiday Showcase Theatres, then have a sandwich or a snack at the Holiday Showcase Restaurant. Of all the meals I ever had at the Holiday Showcase there was one thing that always popped into my mind. They had a killer strawberry shortcake that was hard to resist.
The restaurant was heavily damaged and several nearby homes destroyed by a tornado in 1987. A number of customers and employees escaped injury when they fled into the basement of the restaurant as its roof was torn off. It was more than a year before repairs could be completed.
After the Aero Drive-In was closed in 1971 the Holiday One and Two Theatres were built in its place. It's where I saw so many '70's era classics like Star Wars, The Godfather, E-T, Jaws, The Excorcist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's a long list.
And a place to eat before or after a movie was a natural fit and that's why the Holiday Showcase Restaurant emerged. Thanks for the memories and all that great strawberry shortcake.