UA Prestonwood 5

5405 Belt Line Road,
Dallas, TX 75248

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UA Prestonwood 5

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This was your typical neighborhood 5-plex located in Dallas across the street from the Prestonwood Mall on Beltline Road and Prestonwood Boulevard. Last I heard it was being remodeled into a dinner/bar/movie house by a company called Granada that operated another similar location. It was demolished in early-2012.

In its day, this way a jewel in the UA chain and being in Dallas close to a regional office, was used for testing many ideas. According to rumor, this was the first THX auditorium retrofit (# 1) for UA and was done as a test. Auditorium 2 was also certified. Additionally, there appeared to have been different screen types tested as well. Auditorium 5 actually had a screen that was slightly silver instead of pure white. Unfortunately, the 3 smaller houses were mono/surround. These were going to be difficult to modernize as the screens were pushed against the wall and the sound equipment was in boxes that extened through the exterior wall.

Location was relatively non-descript from the exterior save for the line of lights that stretched across the front. It is connected to a small strip center (very tasteful), but from the theatre side it actually looks to be stand-alone. Upon stepping inside, the lobby was slightly angled with two walls being full glass. The cafeteria style concession was in the middle and the three auditoriums were accessed from the open lobby. Behind the stand was a holding area and a wide hall that server the larger auditoriums 1 and 2. These were in the 450 -500 seat range with 1 being slightly larger. The smaller houses were in the 150 – 175 seat range. Somewhere I have picture of the exterior and interior I will try to post.

I would be curious to see if anyone has any memories or more info on this one. I was a manager there for a brief period of time.

Contributed by Mike Thompson

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Bongopete
Bongopete on April 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

What was the one that was just south of Beltline on Montfort? Its a restaurant now but was still in operation at least into the early 90s?

pacsboy
pacsboy on April 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Bongopete- your thinking of the GC Village on the Parkway. I saw many a movie there growing up. Field of Dreams, Silence of the Lambs, heck even Terror in the Aisles from 1984. A lot of great memories there. Sadly, its now a furniture store thats about to close.

kblanco
kblanco on June 4, 2009 at 2:26 am

I used to work at this thater when I was in high school, many many years ago. Really nice theater visually, and very popular. Employees had fun, but mangement could be tyranical at times. Could go on some real tears sometimes.

Remember monitors hanging from the ceilings showing trailers on a loop. After a while you memorized them and based upon where the loop was at that second, you knew what was coming next, and next and next. Got very tiring after a while as it was forever before they were changed.

Remember theme night when The Adam’s Family opened. Everyone dressed up. One girl was the spitting image of Wednesday Adams. Got so in trouble when hit the PA on the projector of theater one when my shift manager told me to. It instead turned on the PA, and JFK was playing its debut showing to Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” for a minute. Senior managers, owners all came tearing up the stairs and suddenly my shift manager had no recolection of telling me to hit the PA… (shocking I know…)

Used to trade employee screenings with the AMC and GC. Would all call each other a day or so in advance when we got our movies edited together and everyone would go to each other’s theaters. Saw a mid-night showing of Star Trek VI the night before it officially came out at the AMC. Really loved that theater and its novel design.

KB

lrostochil
lrostochil on June 17, 2009 at 11:50 am

I saw “The Big Chill,” and that awful Brat Pack movie … what was it … oh yeah, “St. Elmo’s Fire” here. All of my friends thought it was the best movie ever, and I thought they were completely crazy!

barakepstein
barakepstein on August 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Studio Movie Grill has closed the location as of last week
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Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

The address posted above on Arapaho road is incorrect. That address was for the AMC Prestonwood 5. The correct address for this theater is/was Belt Line Rd. & Prestonwood Blvd. 5405 Belt Line Rd. Dallas, TX 75248

Filmwrath82
Filmwrath82 on April 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I remember first visiting this theatre in March 1995, me and the Fam bam just moved to Dallas (from San Diego). The first I saw at this theatre was BAD BOYS (1995) w/will smith.

Later that summer I saw Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The movie (1995)

In summer 1996, I saw THE PHANTOM (1995) w/Billy Zane, altgough I thought’d suck the movie didnt do as well which caused the film to be yanked and sent back :( Same thing happened with JUDGE DREDD (1995) lol

I really enjoyed going to this theatre the most because it was down the street from my apartments. Always got a good walk when wanting to see a movie at this classic gem. I remember the theatre closed during sometime in late 2000, last movie I watched was STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997)

I always preferred this theatre and the general cinema one in The Galleeia compared to the AMC Prestonwood theatre….that theatre looked crummy by 1998 and didn’t look all that great.

barakepstein
barakepstein on May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Update: The theatre has been bulldozed. http://instagr.am/p/K70j9vxGwc/

Filmwrath82
Filmwrath82 on July 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I was cruising around the north dallas area and I couldn’t believe my own eyes, the area where the UA Prestonwood/Studio grill theatre has now been demolished :( I Will cherish the memories of all the great films I saw there.

Longhorn1
Longhorn1 on July 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

This was the best of the Prestonwood theaters (including GCC and AMC). The nicest and also got the best movies. There was a transgendered person who worked at the ticket booth; this was the first transgendered person I ever recall seeing.

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