AMC Glen Lakes 8

9450 North Central Expressway,
Dallas, TX 75231

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AMC Glen Lakes 8

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The AMC Glen Lakes 8 opened in 1988 as the AMC NorthPark 8. Unfortunately General Cinema already operated two theaters in the area with similar names: the popular NorthPark 1 & 2 and the NorthPark 3 & 4. After GCC put up a fight, the name was changed to AMC Glen Lakes 8. AMC then put out a new motto for its new name: "So you won’t be confused when searching for the best."

The AMC Glen Lakes closed on May 5, 2006, the same day that the new AMC Northpark 15 opened. It was demolished in spring 2012.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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drivein2001
drivein2001 on January 8, 2008 at 10:16 am

I’ve just submitted 4 Photos of the Glen Lakes AMC Theatre on my flickr site. View link
or, www.flickr.com/photos/racphotography
This Theatre has been closed for about a year and a half now.
I believe it is still sitting idle today.

Randy A. Carlisle
“Preserving AMERICAs History Thru Photography”

Bongopete
Bongopete on April 23, 2009 at 5:37 am

I went there several times after it first opened, loved the seating!
Hated how the theater was positioned though, and the road getting into it was a bit dodgy as it was situated close to a a very busy intersection and you had to be careful that you didnt get rear ended by someone.

pacsboy
pacsboy on April 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

Damn megaplexes! I saw John Woo’s “Hard Boiled” here as part of the USA Film Fest. Also saw “The Rocketeer” and they had a carnival in the parking lot to tie in with the film. Last flick i saw here was “Jarhead” in 2005.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on August 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

This Theatre no longer stands. It was demolished a few months ago..

Randy A Carlisle

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

When Trammell Crow leased a space to AMC to build a new eight-screen theater in the lucrative Central Zone of Dallas film exhibition, the battle lines had been crossed. AMC had been a peripheral player in the Dallas market with nondescript multiplexes in outer Dallas neighborhoods. But to build adjoining Crow’s Glen Lakes Tower in a tight two-acre spot within the Central Zone was quite another thing entirely. While it had just landed in the periphery of the Zone when it took over the boutique neighborhood Highland Park Village theater, the AMC NorthPark was going to be the chain’s destination theater. Everyone knew it was movie theater war. Within weeks of the AMC project starting, United Artists was completing terms on a tract of land to build its own multiplex walking distance from the AMC NorthPark. They were both trying to unseat General Cinemas which, itself, had all but done in the Plitt/Interstate theaters which had dominated the Dallas marketplace for decades.

The AMC NorthPark was completed a bit ahead of schedule with a November 10th, 1988, champagne buffet and premiere screening of A Cry in the Dark benefiting Dallas Cares, an AIDS support group. The theater opened to the general public a day later. Two of the eight auditoriums seated 500 patrons and two more seated 400 each. Those four theaters were stadium-style seating which was supposedly one of the first five theaters in the country to have that many stadium seating houses in the same complex. Seating capacity in the sloped seating theaters ranged from 200 to 300 seats. The theaters had Sigma Torus Compound Curved Screens and AMC would brand the theaters as High Impact Theater Systems or HITS. (Obviously unimpressed, it didn’t take long for the neighboring General Cinema NorthPark to move the S to the front of that acronym for its disparaging take on its new competitor to the North.)

The bidding competition would heat up for the top films and AMC would change the name of its theater away from the NorthPark and to the Glen Lakes when a hue and cry was raised. A backroom settlement was reached between GCC an AMC which had the theater renamed as the Glen Lakes less than two months into its run. (Similarly, the planned UA NorthPark would become the Plaza upon its opening in May 1989.) Said an AMC ad upon its name change in January 1989, “So you won’t be confused when searching for the best.” Sell-out signs were common on weekends at the Glen Lakes. Traffic was tough around the theater in its hey day. Veteran AMC Glen Lakes goers had their own traffic routes to get to the theater. Some were patient and got in the line on the theater’s main entrance on the US-75 access road, others took the “secret” back entrance behind the Crow building, some through the Toys ‘r’ Us parking structure and then there was the Walnut Hill “overshoot” method north of the theater which wrapped around between the neighboring apartment complex and Toys ‘r’ Us.

Perhaps most impressive about the AMC Glen Lakes was its wide concession stand that had multiple positions with popcorn popping constantly and a team of workers who had to deal with massive lines of people quickly and graciously. In the Central Zone, employees had to bring their A-game. In the carnage of the new AMC Glen Lakes and the UA Plaza opening six months later were the shuttered Caruth Plaza, the downgrading of the UA Medallion to discount status, the UA Ciné’s move to full time art house and the UA’s Skillman’s large dropoff to the North of the Central Zone.

The Glen Lakes multi-screen environment allowed for special event screenings. It hosted USA Film Festival events for many years and including personal appearances by stars including Jackie Chan, Christopher Walken, Cyd Charisse, and Dennis Hopper and directors including Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and John Frankenheimer. Classic screenings, sneak previews and even a Russian film festival graced the Glen Lakes' screens. A Star Trek convention event midnight screening of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” drew a full house of Trekkies who met Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) on the film’s opening night.

The Glen Lakes out-survived the General Cinema NorthPark which closed In October 1998 and the UA Plaza which closed in December of 2004. AMC had won the larger prize decimating (then buying the carcass of) General Cinema and all but eliminating United Artists in Dallas. The metroplex had become largely an AMC and Cinemark area. For AMC, the Glen Lakes was the catalyst of its aggressive and successful expansion. But over at the Glen Lakes, euphoria over such factoids would be tempered as AMC had already announced a new AMC NorthPark 15 theater to go inside the venerable shopping mall even prior to the Plaza’s departure. The writing was on the wall for the badly-aging Glen Lakes. The challenging AMC NorthPark project would finally open on May 5, 2006 at midnight leaving the AMC Glen Lakes in the dust as of May 4, 2006: the theater’s final screenings shy of its 18th anniversary. The property would become home to Dave and Buster’s which moved from its old location just across the street.

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