Casa Linda Theatre

150 Casa Linda Plaza,
Dallas, TX 75218

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DonLewis
DonLewis on December 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Couldn’t have anything to do with money … I suppose its going to be a historic grocery store. In Dallas money talks and bullsh**t walks.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on December 30, 2013 at 8:07 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
jrdarr on April 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Of course like most theaters in the old days, it originally had one very large screen.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on September 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thats a great shot Don.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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

matt54
matt54 on December 31, 2010 at 12:11 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
adamdonaghey on December 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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

matt54
matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 6:39 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
matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 6:27 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
zombiefreak on September 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

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
matt54 on September 9, 2010 at 2:24 am

Apparently, zombiefreak, nothing cinematic came of this?

zombiefreak
zombiefreak on June 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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
julie7711 on March 18, 2010 at 2:03 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!!

THANK YOU!

danyboy
danyboy on June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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

texasvaligirl
texasvaligirl on June 17, 2009 at 2:19 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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 12, 2009 at 1:55 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.

Don…

thereptilezoo
thereptilezoo on April 3, 2009 at 1:33 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 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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
barakepstein on March 1, 2009 at 11:01 am

heres a recent pic of the updated marquee
View link

Michael
Michael on November 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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

gsamuelwalker
gsamuelwalker on April 21, 2008 at 8:25 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!

View link

Christinada5
Christinada5 on April 9, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I use to live in the area where the Casa Linda use to be. Too bad, it’s just another piece of Dallas history that has slipped through the cracks.