Showing all 9 comments
UA left this property after their Galaxy theatre opened a few miles east on LBJ. Cinemark went in and operated it for a few years afterwards, remodeling the lobby to get rid of UA’s cafeteria-style concession stand.
It became a dollar theatre in 1981. Actual theatre name was “AMC Northtown 6 Theatres”.
Theatre closed for good at the end of 1983. Final feature was “Return of the Jedi”.
This was actually a five-plex, not four. It opened with the mall in Fall 1982 and closed in 2000, as soon as GCC’s bankruptcy filing was approved. Dallas-area moviegoers (and the newspaper film critics) were disappointed in this theatre upon it’s opening. They expected something special from GC for such a high-profile location (a la NorthPark), but instead the place turned out to be another uninspired, standard-issue GCC row of crackerbox auditoriums.
One other notable feature of this place….the restrooms were located off the lobby, accessible only via a small flight of stairs. Very strange design, and very wheelchair-unfriendly.
That’s correct…Star Wars never did play on all 4 screens. It played on one screen at each Northpark complex…but never on all four. One other note…Raiders of the Lost Ark never did play at NP 1-2 either, as posted above. Paramount (who distributed Raiders) and General Cinema were never on the best of terms in the 80’s and 90’s, and consequently Paramount films never played at NorthPark during this era.
This theatre closed after the summer season in 1982. The Texas Stadium concession/projection building was later renovated into the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop. There were three screens, one was retained and converted into a storage area with the screen pearmently in the “down” position (the screens all had hydraulic systems and were not left “up” on game days).
The Gemini reverted back to operating as a twin during it’s final years in the 1980’s. The north screen was leased to American Airlines, who operated a shuttle service to DFW Airport. To distinguish this from the rest of the complex, the north screen was painted grey and adorned with an American Airlines banner.
Theatre demolished, building footprint has been paved and striped for parking. Entire property is now a remote parking lot for SMU.
This theatre was part of the Plitt Theatres chain (which took over the remaining theatres in the ABC-Interstate chain in the late 70’s). Collin Creek Mall was later constructed in close proximity to the theatre. In the 80’s, as more modern multiplex theatres were added nearby (AMC, GCC and Lowes) the renamed “Collin Creek Cameo” twinned it’s auditorium and became a dollar theatre. Eventually, the theatre closed and was demolished. Shortly thereafter the theatre footprint, parking lot, and much adjoining land was consumed by construction of a large retail building. There is no trace of the Cameo today.