Casa Linda Theatre

150 Casa Linda Plaza,
Dallas, TX 75218

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beverlysigns on April 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

My Father, Howard D. Brown and Carl Martin Brown, my Grandfather owned all the land that was to become Casa Linda Plaza and Casa Linda Estates from before WW2. They had to put in water, electricity and sewer before roads or the shopping center could be started. Barton Mc Lendon was a local attorney and he agreed to lease the theater if they built it and Bart agreed to have his son Gordon over see the management. When the war broke out Dad enlisted in the Army and materials were in short supply so everything was put on hold till the war ended.

Once Dad came home from the war, the Plaza and houses began in earnest and they were on their way. I remember the theater as being a great place to go on Saturday mornings or Friday or Saturday night with my friends as I became a teen. As my family died out, the center was sold by my father in total and Dad retired in 1978. In 1981 Dad died with the Plaza and all the homes he build in Casa Linda area and Garland still being there and to this day the Brown Family legacy lives on in what my Dad and Grandfather dreamed and accomplished.
McLendon lease on the theater was up in the late 1990' s and the theater is now a food store.

bjelliott on April 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

This information is incorrect. The theater and entire Casa Linda Shopping Center was developed by Carl and Howard Brown. They also owned the land as well as developed Casa Linda Estates.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on December 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I managed the Casa Linda in the early 1990s. it was a very nice theatre that had been “modernized” a few times. The balcony had been converted to a theatre, and it was the best done conversion I had ever seen. In fact that auditorium had the best seats, and the best screen presentation in the place. The big main auditorium had older more basic seating that was too close together. We sacrificed quite a few rows of seats, giving more room between rows, and it made watching a movie in that auditorium much more enjoyable. Both the balcony theatre, and the main auditorium had traveler curtains on the screens. They both had electrically operated masking, too.

There were two small auditoriums that were made from what was originally storage space. One was converted well, with a nice ramp for the seating, giving a nice viewing position. The other had a basically flat floor making it tough to see the screen well if somebody in front of you was tall.

The front sign said “McLendon 3 Theatres” even though we had four screens because the city of Dallas wouldn’t let us change the signage because it was considered historic!

jrdarr on April 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Of course like most theaters in the old days, it originally had one very large screen. on September 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

From April 2011 as the theatre was being remodeled as a grocery store.

TLSLOEWS on April 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Thats a great shot Don.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Another view of the Casa Linda in the early morning sun.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

From East Dallas a photo of the Casa Linda with some of the auction announcement lettering still visible on the marquee.

matt54 on December 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Mixed feelings on that one, Adam – in my heart I know it could never again compete as a movie theater unless the Alamo Drafthouse thing had worked out – but a grocery store? At least the address will be occupied and the deterioration will cease. Hope the new tenants keep the tower.

adamdonaghey on December 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

And now it’s gonna be a grocery store: View link :(

matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Oh, one other little point: someone posted that this theater was changed into a multi-screen in the 1960’s – not true. As of summer 1969 it was still in its original single-screen configuration. It was one of several McLendon theaters that hosted the world premiere of “True Grit” with John Wayne being carted around in a McLendon limo to each theater to make his appearance after the film’s showing. The other theaters were (I believe) the Preston Royal, Park Forest, and several McLendon drive-ins. Sometime in the early 1970’s is when the “twinning” or “tripling” took place, just in time for the auditorium in what had been the mezzanine (balcony, sort of) to show the reissue of “Jason and the Argonauts” in a new 35mm print (the Casa Linda had shown “Jason” during its first suburban run in 1963).

matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I have to say, though, that I get a kick out of all those who have posted comments referring to the Casa Linda’s “original splendor” or other similar verbiage. I practically lived at this theater for 20 years and “splendor” is not a word I would ever use to describe it. Its interior was plain to the point of being spartan and from 1958 – 1979 it certainly showed its wear and tear. This is not a put-down, as no one ever maintained anything in pristine condition back in those days; even the Majestic, Capri, Tower, and Palace downtown were allowed to judiciously show their age. Compared to those venues, the Casa Linda was nothing special – but it sure is a part of some wonderful memories for me.

zombiefreak on September 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I still haven’t found anything else about this and have really seen no more work being done. I’ll try to remember to snag the number next time I’m over there.

matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 5:24 am

Apparently, zombiefreak, nothing cinematic came of this?

zombiefreak on June 9, 2010 at 2:37 am

I drove by the Casa Linda earlier today and noticed a gate up and the boarded up doors wide open. A worker was walking out to his truck and I quickly pulled over to ask him if they were re-opening. He didn’t know much of anything but that they were changing some of the structure (moving walls) and redoing the floors. He said it was definitely going to be opening as something but not sure if that something would be a movie theater. I forgot to write down the contact number on the lease sign but I’ll try to make it back in the next couple of days and give them a call to see if I can find out any more info.

julie7711 on March 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I don’t know if anyone is viewing this site anymore. I am 23 and getting married! Looking for an unusual but amazing place to do the ceremony and/or the reception. I want to find an amazing unique building. I live in Little Forest Hills and pass this theater all the time and IN LOVE!!!! Does anyone know the status of this building. Or the owner?? Is this even a possibility to look in to??
Any info would help!!


danyboy on June 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

hello texasvaligirl can you send me the owners phone numbers , i want an apoiment to see tha theater, tk yu

texasvaligirl on June 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Hey ya’ll (anyone who cares). Age doesnâ€\t matter, as a Dallas-ite it’s about passion. I contacted the owners of the property & they quoted me a price for less than Iâ€\m looking for a home. I’m scheduling a showing. Anyone interested in looking at it with me, please contact me: .com
No kidding. I may be a space cadet with my head in the clouds, but I think it’s worth a shot to make this place a reality again.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Sorry Cinematic, but “they” have already destroyed the theater’s spirit and identity. It beagn a long sad decline several years ago and the the auction of the theater’s contents was the final nail in its coffin. Click here to view a photo of the Casa Linda’s final night of operation.


thereptilezoo on April 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Man, I’m only 17 but I adore this place from car window everytime I drive past on my way to White Rock Lake. My mom tells me stories about how she used to want to work there so bad and of how nice it used to be. I wish I had the money or even some involvment in the renovation, I’d make it classy again :). I hope they don’t try to make it modern because that would ruin the whole reason the theatre is still there, if you want modern drive down the street to AMC. Anyways, as of April 2nd, 2009 nothing has been done, it’s still the same empty place.
I want to go in it really bad just to take some pictures…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2009 at 1:59 am

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of August 4, 1945, published a brief item about the Casa Linda Theatre headlined “De Luxe Dallas House To Open Thursday.” As August 4 was a Saturday, the opening date must have been August 9, 1945.

barakepstein on March 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

heres a recent pic of the updated marquee
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Michael on November 28, 2008 at 8:57 pm

The theater, per the Dallas Morning News in 1980, was located at Buckner and Garland Roads.

gsamuelwalker on April 21, 2008 at 11:25 pm

The new owner/developer is committed to redeveloping the theater and shopping center. Follow the link to their site; there is a survey please voice your support for restoring this landmark theater. Thanks!

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