UA Prestonwood 5

5405 Belt Line Road,
Dallas, TX 75248

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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.

barakepstein on May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Update: The theatre has been bulldozed.

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.

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

barakepstein on August 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Studio Movie Grill has closed the location as of last week
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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!

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.


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.

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?

barakepstein on December 26, 2008 at 7:50 pm

how come the AMC Prestonwood, the GC Prestonwood and the GC Galleria aren’t on Cinema Treasures? (or if they are, I cant find them!) I think of all 4 of theses theaters together cause they were in the same booking district.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on December 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I worked as a projectionist at this theater in the summer and fall of 1982. I had just graduated from college and was trying to find a full-time job. I distinctly remember showing STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN in the summer of 1982 there. The lobby had a triangle-shaped concession stand where you formed a line on either side and the cash register was at the end.

This theater got confused all of the time with the AMC Prestonwood 5 theater, which was at the Arapaho intersection. The UA Prestonwood Creek is on Belt Line Road.

SMEvans3 on January 20, 2007 at 7:02 am

This theatre is not closed! I went by it about a month ago, and it was open as a cinema and grill. It no longer is a United Artists or Regal theatre.

Also, before becoming a cinema and grill, its correct name was UA Prestonwood Creek 5. Prestonwood Creek is the name of the shopping strip in which the theatre is located. This name helped distinguish the theatre from the nearby AMC Prestonwood 5, which I believe was technically on the property of the Prestonwood Mall, and the General Cinema Prestonwood, which I think was a quad and located in what had been called Sakowitz(sp?) Plaza.

I worked there in the late 1980s. I recall the seating capacities being a little larger. I think we declared sell-outs in auditorium one at 550 seats, auditorium two at 500 seats, and the three smaller houses were either 200 or 250.

The theatre was best known for the THX sound system in its main auditorium. It pretty much had been a “spare no expense” installation. I believe the sound system was installed by the time GHANDI opened there, but the theatre could not advertise THX until RETURN OF THE JEDI. Perhaps comparable to the GCC Northpark I & II THX sound system, UA Prestonwood Creek 5 always played films louder than the GCC. THX trailers sometimes were played at full volume, which would shake the entire theatre complex and the restaurant next door. Sometimes this left me with ringing ears and a headache, but other times, it was spectacular. People would come from all over the D/FW Metroplex to see TOP GUN in 70mm THX at this theatre.

Auditorium two got THX in 1985. Both of the main auditoriums could show 70mm. However, the long engagements and lack of desire to replace prints did take their toll on 70mm engagements. By the time RETURN OF THE JEDI ended its 70mm run, I heard Yoda no longer appeared in the movie.

The theatre was remodeled in September 1987. Although bland, the lobby looked a little classier. The three smaller auditoriums were equipped with Kintek surround sound systems. Unfortunately, the auditoriums remained covered in burlap. Literally, it looked like cut-up potato sacks were used as auditorium wall coverings.

The cinema and grill renovation is vastly nicer than the UA décor. An external tower has been built atop the theatre much like an old movie palace. Each auditorium is themed to represent a closed Dallas cinema treasure. The size of auditorium two has been drastically reduced to make room for the kitchen. At the very least, the cinema and grill is not paying THX licensing fees, but it looks like the sound systems have been replaced there. The surround sound speakers visible in the auditoriums are definitely different.

ghamilton on April 25, 2006 at 2:09 pm

I believe this was the place I refered to in another theater’s spot as the theater that I had the life changing experience of seeing Animal House for the first of many times.