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Bongopete commented about UA Prestonwood 5 on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

What was the one that was just south of Beltline on Montfort? Its a restaurant now but was still in operation at least into the early 90s?

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Bongopete commented about UA Cine I & II on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

Saw ‘Tora Tora Tora’ there when it was a single screen. In late 1974 saw a revival of ‘2001’, remember being disappointed in comparison to the screening it had at the Capri in 68. Also, first time I saw ‘2001’ where there were a lot of ‘heads’ down front who lit up at a certain point.
In the last couple of years of operation it seemed rather desolate. I think it was torn down a couple of years ago.

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Bongopete commented about Skillman Cinema 6 on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

Saw a couple of movies here. Nothing much to say about the theater, wasnt spectacular.

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Bongopete commented about Northpark West 1 & 2 on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

A great theater! Saw many many movies there over the years. The sneak for ‘Blade Runner’ and repeated viewings over a year of Star Wars. Standing in line for ‘Empire Strikes Back’. Great great place.

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Bongopete commented about Capri Theatre on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

I saw ‘2001’ at the Capri and once you saw it on that large curved screen it always suffered in comparison when seen on a traditional movie screen. The Capri also had a huge billboard sized McCall ad for ‘2001’ on the backside of the theater.

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Bongopete commented about Medallion 5 Theatre on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:39 am

Ridley Scott did one of the first sneaks of ‘Alien’ there. He attended as did a lot of studio suits. We had to line up in the early afternoon to get tickets, and then come back that evening and line up again to get in. There were even scalpers! This was a time when a ‘sneak’ was really a SNEAK and the directors would make changes based on survey cards that were handed out to the audience. After you filled out the card you were asked if you could be called for more in depth questions (of course I said yes! lol).
There really hadnt been anything of the intensity of the movie really seen before and supposedly someone threw up in the restroom.
We were invited to stay for the regular movie that was playing afterwards….I dont think anyone did!

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Bongopete commented about Loews Park Central on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

It was sited rather oddly that as you drove up to it you seemed to be approaching it from the rear and really wasnt well marked.

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Bongopete commented about Gemini Drive-In on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

I went to the Gemini when it first opened and it was called the ‘Gemini Twin’ because it had two screens and the name Gemini because…well gemini equals twins.
Anyway, it was the first (and only) drive in that I ever went to that was paved!
The third screen was added later.
Im sure the lights from I75 helped doom it.
Radio station KNUS FM erected a pole near the corner of Forest and the I75 service road that had a booth on top and in big letters running down the pole KNUS and they would have a dj or someone up there for weeks or months or something as a stunt back in the late 60s or early 70s.

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Bongopete commented about Delman Theatre on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:12 am

I think the Delman was the first indoor theater I went to as a kid! I think it was the original ‘101 Dalmations’. Saw many movies after that and always liked the place. I thought it became a spanish language theater toward the end?

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Bongopete commented about Colonial Theatre on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:05 am

Im just guessing here, but I would bet that this theater was certainly pre 1960’s. Forest Lane on its western end was disrupted by the construction of I635 (LBJ Freeway)which was built in the early 60s. As an example, there was a small civil airport that sat on the southeast corner of Forest and Denton road that was closed due to the construction. So I assume that the theater site is now under the expressway.

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Bongopete commented about Circle Theater on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:52 am

I remember going to the Circle as a kid in 1960s. Today it sort of sits all by its lonesome but back then, Northwest highway actually had the circle intersection and there was a motel called the Circle Inn or something, and a Circle Bowling alley. At one time there was a seafood restaurant that I want to say was called ‘The Galleon’ that sat next to the roundabout (circle intersection) that was built to look like an old sailing ship.

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Bongopete commented about Studio Movie Grill Northwest Highway on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

I dont know if it still does, but when it first opened it had speakers mounted in fake rocks out in the parking lot where music was piped out to. Sort of gained some notoriety for having a dangerous parking lot due to crime.

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Bongopete commented about AMC Glen Lakes 8 on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:37 am

I went there several times after it first opened, loved the seating!
Hated how the theater was positioned though, and the road getting into it was a bit dodgy as it was situated close to a a very busy intersection and you had to be careful that you didnt get rear ended by someone.