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International Showplace turns 40

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

One of the major new attractions at Kings Island 40 years ago was the 1800-seat outdoor amphitheater, International Showplace.

Featured in the theatre in 1977 was a 25-minute production entitled “Music Hit Parade”, performed by 12 young singers and dancers and a 10-piece orchestra.

The fast-pace show highlighted such song hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s as “Save The Country”, “Enjoy Yourself”, ‘Sir Duke”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and the theme from the movie “Rocky”.

Another lively element of the first-ever show in the theatre recalled the most memorable television commercials from those years.

“Music Hit Parade” was featured seven times daily, on the hour starting at 1 p.m., except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the times were in the evening at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

The addition of “Music Hit Parade” increased the number of live shows to 15 that season at Kings Island, which provided over nine hours of continuous entertainment.

The other major musical production at Kings Island in 1977 were “Hooray for Hollywood”, a 35-minute salute to the silver screen by 20 singers and dancers and a nine-piece orchestra, in the American Heritage Music Hall (now known as Kings Island Theater).

More than 100 different shows have been featured over the years in the International Showplace ranging from pop and country shows to kids, Halloween and animal shows, combining for more than 20,000 performances overall!

International Showplace is located at the end of International Street, next to the Eiffel Tower. Both are constructed in the same architectural style that was first introduced as the Paris Exposition in 1889 and features ornate steelwork. The theatre is also covered with a shade canopy for the comfort of the audience.

Share in the comments below some of the shows you remember watching in the Showplace Theatre.

 

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