Opera House Cinema

1700 S. University Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Village Opera House

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If I can remember correctly, this cinema had columns in front of it and resembled an old Southern mansion and was white, I believe. It was located in the University area and often got great exclusive movies. It was a General Cinema theater as far back as 1980.

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Michael
Michael on September 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

Cool Randi, I saw Superman II at this theatre on July 4th, 1981.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

1849 village does not map on google.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

The Village Opera House was opened as a reserved-seat roadshow house on May 15, 1969. The first attraction was “Sweet Charity.” The house was conceived by designer Peter Wolf as a “Victorian Jewel Box.” The house, initially operated by Tejas Theatres, was part of a themed project called 1849 Village, but the style of the theater building was much more later Queen Anne-Eastlake than it was the Greek Revival still predominating in the 1850s. If the theater was typical of the buildings in the project, 1879 Village would have been a more appropriate name.

Rendering here in Boxoffice Magazine.

The May 26, 1969, Boxoffice item about the opening failed to mention the seating capacity but said that the screen was 20x46 feet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2010 at 4:17 am

A photo of the lobby of the Village Opera House appeared on the cover of Boxoffice, August 18, 1969. The caption says the new road show house seated 520.

jamestv
jamestv on June 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

What was sorta unique about this theatre was that the screen and masking could accomodate practically any 35-70MM format size—from 2.35:1 scope to 2.10:1 70MM to 1.85:1 widescreen to 1.66:1 foreign format to old Hollywood 1.33:1; one of the few theatres able to show the 1933 King Kong in the proper ratio when it was re-released in the ‘70’S.

Coate
Coate on June 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

The Opera House during 1977-78 had a 39-week engagement of the original “Star Wars,” the second-longest single-theater run of the movie in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (The longest was a 54-weeker at Northpark I & II.) The Opera House booking included a mid-run upgrade to Dolby Stereo, which probably contributed to the unusually long engagement.

dwdyer
dwdyer on January 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

1700 South University Drive would be a closer address than the one above.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 28, 2012 at 4:54 am

Grand opening described in this 1969 trade report: Boxoffice

jamestv
jamestv on July 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

The map at the top of the page is way off-base—-the theatre was quite a bit further south, closer to TCU(it was right on the edge of the lower Trinity River).

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