UA Prestonwood 5
5405 Belt Line Road,
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Opened in November 1980, 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.
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