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Having been something of a movie nerd as a teenager, I often saved my ticket stubs. Two hard-ticket (reserved seat) attractions I attended at Cinema II at Northpark — Dr. Zhivago and Oliver (about three years apart) — I noticed recently when going through some old memorabilia were tickets for the same seat. What a coincidence. I loved that theater — both auditoriums. The last movie I saw there was Platoon (Cinema I), I still distinctly remember the fantastic sound system.
This photo was actually taken some time in 1963, after Cleopatra had made its summer premiere. By this time the Melba Theater was known as the Capri. How the West Was Won played there in Cinerama for 33 weeks. Cleopatra, seen in the background, was playing at the Tower Theater.
This theater, built in 1926, was destroyed by fire on June 21, 2006.
The picture posted by lostmemory on 10-13-05 is definitely the same theater mentioned here. It is great to see it again after all these years.
I first went to the Wynnewood Theater in 1960 to see the film “Ben-Hur.” It was not a first run, but I believe it was still being shown in the Camera 65 process, meaning it was on a giant screen. The Wynnewood, though a neighborhood theater, was equipped to show Cinemiracle, the widescreen process later gobbled up by Cinerama. “Windjammer” played at the Wynnewood in the Cinemiracle process. I believe that after Cinerama took over Cinemiracle, “Windjammer” had a short run at the downtown Capri Theater in Dallas. The Wynnewood shopping center and theater were a deveopment of the prominent Wynne family in Dallas, I believe.