Heritage Plaza 5

351 N. Air Depot Boulevard,
Midwest City, OK 73110

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The Heritage Plaza 5 opened in 1986 and was closed in 2009.

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kpdennis
kpdennis on February 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I was the first manager at the Heritage Plaza 5 in Midwest City, OK. It was built and operated by Commonwealth Theaters of Kansas City, and opened, I’m pretty sure, in 1986. It was a pretty standard style, nothing fancy â€" the first business to open in a new strip mall adjacent to a larger indoor mall. But being the newest location in a booking zone with only two other theaters (both smaller and older Commonwealth locations) meant we got the lion’s share of the top films, so the place was always busy. We had a very good staff â€" my favorite memory is showing the pre-opening crew how to make popcorn. Sure enough, I talked too long, let the kettle get too hot, and caused a quickly-extinguished small fire when the oil hit the superheated metal! That’s the way to impress a new crew…

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I must also mention – I met my wife Carol while managing this theater. She was the friend of a lady whose niece worked for me at the Heritage 5. They came to see Robocop, but Carol came out to the lobby because she didn’t like the violence. We had gone to high school together, but didn’t know each other during those days. We talked a bit, and started dating shortly afterwards.

That was 1986, and we’ve been together ever since.

kpdennis
kpdennis on June 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Here are some photos I took of the Heritage Plaza Cinemas 5 while it was nearing completion in early spring 1986. As noted earlier, I was the location’s first manager, and the city manager and myself visited the theater many times before it opened, as best I can remember, in either March or April 1986.

Commonwealth was very cost-conscious with this theater – it was plain and utilitarian through and through. Only two auditoriums were outfitted for stereo if memory serves, and the manager’s office and storage rooms were barely larger than closets.

The place was an instant hit and we had all the top films (being the newest location in the zone) come our way. Commonwealth built this theater, it was folded into the United Artists chain, and I guess Dickinson Theaters was the final operator. A quick internet search showed no showtimes or business listing for the Heritage 5, so it appears to be closed now.

Especially since I met my wife there, the site holds some special memories for me. I know pics were taken of a special promotion we held around the premiere of “Short Circuit 2” that show the theater in action, so I’ll try to locate those as well.

If you get to the first pic here in the Movie Theaters Set, the other four should follow in order.

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Stagehandguy
Stagehandguy on August 2, 2009 at 3:47 am

Theater is now closed and for sale last time I looked. (three weeks ago?) I worked for a Curtain Company in OKC and once worked on the curtain motors there (one to make the screen wider pannavision?think. Wasn’t this a I.A.T.S.E. union projection house?

kpdennis
kpdennis on August 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Affirmative, Stagehandguy – during the time I was with Commonwealth in OKC (1984-1988), all projectionists were union members.

I’m pretty sure that was the case with the General Cinema locations in town as well. When AMC built their first theater in OKC, it was not union (we hired a former AMC assistant manager for the Heritage Plaza, and he told us).

MyronNash91
MyronNash91 on October 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Chicken Little was the last movie I went and in this theater and then it closed in early 2006.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on February 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

robocop came out in summer of 1987….

kpdennis
kpdennis on February 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for the correction Ronnie21 – memory plays tricks when you get older. Another correction – since I wrote that 2009 entry, I now say I met my ex-wife at the theatre.

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