Regal MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16

8505 Walton Boulevard,
Irving, TX 75061

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Regal MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16

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The UA MacArthur Marketplace opened in 1999.

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Kenneth Johnson
Kenneth Johnson on September 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Opened 1999 as United Artists MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16. In 2002, Regal Entertainment Group took over operations of this cinema as well as all of United Artists assets because of the Regal/UA acquisition. Regal ceased operations of and closed MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16 in January 2004. By October 2004, Marquee Cinemas had reopened the theater only to close it October 2005. June 2006, Hollywood Theatres reopened MacArthur Marketplace 16. 10 years later, Regal is back in operations at MacArthur Marketplace. In April 2013, MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16 was once again under the operations of Regal Entertainment Group when Regal acquired Hollywood Theaters assets for $191 Million. By August 2013, it is now Regal MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16 showing First Run and Bollywood films.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Probably not much to add to the fine comments already here but the the theater’s grand opening was Sept. 17, 1999 with the largest auditoriums seating 475 in highback plush chairs with stadium seating and 56' wide screens with smaller auditoriums holding 125 to 225 patrons. UA installed an experimental concession stand bringing expanded products through high-tech devices. But the 80,000 square foot UA MacArthur Marketplace 16 was a megaflop as megaplex overbuild was a problem for many circuits. UA was among many exhibitors filing for bankruptcy protection.

Philip Anschutz took over controlling interest in United Artists and Regal, as well as Edwards Theaters in October of 2001 and the economy worsened. The Regal Circuit shuttered 30 theaters with 208 screens in 2003. Among them was the McArthur Marketplace shuttered very suddenly on June 30, 2003 just prior to some of the year’s biggest summer flicks. To punctuate that they weren’t coming back, they even took the seats all the way to Garland to place in their aged UA Northstar theater. Regal wanted no part of the MacArthur property ever again providing less than four years of service at the location.

Developers Diversified Reality which owned the space had to find another owner quickly. In a surprise move, Marquee Cinemas out of Beckley, W. Virginia announced within two week’s time that it would re-open the theater possibly within the month targeting July 25, 2003 as a possibility. Finding the theater stripped of so much, Marquee’s opening would be set back to February 13th, 2004 and an amazingly high price tag in the three million dollar range. Theater sizes dropped a bit to 100, 200 and 425 in stadium seating configuration. But it was all trick and no treat as Marquee fled the twice-bitten loser Marketplace on Halloween of 2005 not making it two full years.

Portland-based circuit Hollywood Theaters – which had properties including the Town Center Cinema in Fort Worth and South Freeway 14 in Burleson – reopened the theater as its third operator inside of seven years on June 23, 2006. The theater’s Bollywood / Hindi films drew audiences and the theater experienced an overall uptick in business.

On February 19, 2013, Regal purchased Hollywood Theaters circuit and almost unbelievably had returned one of its most notable liabilities back into its portfolio. Regal almost immediately announced the name change of the theater as the Regal MacArthur Marketplace Stadium 16. The Hollywood signage stayed longer on the attraction sign and facade although the logo was quickly dispensed with at the concession stands replaced by Regal cups and popcorn bags. The operation continued with the same first-run and Bollywood offerings.

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