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. It was converted into a church around 2011.

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kpdennis on February 17, 2009 at 12:26 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 on June 6, 2009 at 10:10 am

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 on August 2, 2009 at 12:47 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 on August 3, 2009 at 12:06 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).

ronnie21 on February 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

robocop came out in summer of 1987….

kpdennis on February 20, 2012 at 4:24 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.

kpdennis on November 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

Visited the former Heritage Plaza 5 on November 12, 2015, and met a couple members of the staff of People’s Church.tv. The church has done an impressive job of rehabilitating the theatre, utilizing four of the original five auditoriums for their weekly services. According to the staff, the church took over the building about three years ago. Two new pictures posted in the photo section.

MyronNash91 on August 8, 2016 at 4:58 am

Chicken Little was the last movie I went and in this theater and then it closed in I think in 2006. One of the greatest memories I have about the Heritage Plaza Cinemas is back in December 1999, when I was 8 years old, my family and I went there Seven o' Clock at night and saw Stuart Little.

StanMalone on August 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

KP: Very much enjoyed your memories of this theater. This place and your experiences are the poster children for dozens if not hundreds of what we thought of as megaplexes for that day. Looking through your under construction pictures reminds me of at least half a dozen places I started working in while they were in that state. One in particular reminds me of this place as it had 5 auditoriums, Dolby in one house, and Eprad 2 channel in another.

I can recall two new theaters where we were installing drink machines and unboxing lobby furnishings as people were lining up at the door for the opening day. In one case they opened one house while seat and booth installation proceeded in the others.

They were pretty bland places and in some cases were identical as the company would not waste money on giving the theater a personality when they could just build the same place on a vacant lot. Did make it easy on me when I had to fill in at different booths around town as most of them had the same equipment.

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