General Cinema Galleria Five

13350 Dallas Parkway,
Dallas, TX 75240

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jamesdj
jamesdj on June 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

I worked at this cinema for 7 months in 1985. We never had the good movies, the only big movie I remember having was 1984. The design was not done very well for having people exit the theater and having people waiting to get into the theater. But it did have handicap accessibly right by the stairs that went down to the concession stand there was a door and the hallway ran all the way to the end of the theater and sloped down so that when you got to the end you were at the theater level down by the emergency exit doors. There was also a bathroom on the theater level that was for handicap people. In 1985 none of this was marked because if you went that way you bypassed the ticket taker. When we would sale tickets to handicap people you would call the manager to escort them to the handicap entrance. We would stay after closing and the projectionist would run films for us to watch, we would hang out and drink, party, watch a little of the movie. I spent the night at this cinema many, many, times. For all us kids that worked there in 1985 and we were all friends from before we stated working there it was one big party all the time. The managers were blind to all the things we did there. I have great memories of this place, the mirrored walls in the lobby and the benches with the padded red vinyl covering that were along the walls. The room there we pop the pop-corn. We would pop pop-corn for hours and put it in bags to be used later. (GCC did not use fresh pop-corn then it could be as much as 2 to 3 days old) That was the easy money sitting and popping corn all day. In my opinion it was not managed well and need more oversight from someone outside of the theater. Wow how this has brought back some memories

StanMalone
StanMalone on December 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

I made a good living for many years working for GCC, but must admit that in the late 60’s to mid 80’s they built the blandest theatres with poor presentation of anyone. The comments about the layout and design mentioned here apply to every GCC I worked in. I would only add the very customer and employee hostile two position seats to the comments.

As far as location, it seemed that GCC often went to great pains to place their theatres in the most obscure locations available, almost as if they were ashamed of them. One particular location I worked in was located behind the shopping center and the lobby had a fine view of the dumpsters and loading docks of the stores that faced the road.

The ad that shows above the overview is from Christmas of 1982. I notice that none of the theatres are showing Airplane 2, not the hit the first one was but a much better draw than Honky Tonk Man or Trail of the PP.

Filmwrath82
Filmwrath82 on December 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

The last two movies I saw at this theatre were Hollow Man and X-Men back in summer 2000.

greeneye4943
greeneye4943 on July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

This was actually a five-plex, not four. It opened with the mall in Fall 1982 and closed in 2000, as soon as GCC’s bankruptcy filing was approved. Dallas-area moviegoers (and the newspaper film critics) were disappointed in this theatre upon it’s opening. They expected something special from GC for such a high-profile location (a la NorthPark), but instead the place turned out to be another uninspired, standard-issue GCC row of crackerbox auditoriums.

One other notable feature of this place….the restrooms were located off the lobby, accessible only via a small flight of stairs. Very strange design, and very wheelchair-unfriendly.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

K Blanco, according to Wikipedia, this mall opened in 1982 and Waterworld is an mid 1990’s movie. I think it closed in 2000