Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton

916 W. University Drive,
Denton, TX 76201

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Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton

The ABC Cinema was originally opened as a 700-seat single screen cinema in 1971. Further information on the Movie Tavern would be appreciated. On February 1, 2019 it was taken over by Marcus Theatres and renamed Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2009 at 10:03 am

A 1975 Marx Brothers movie ad for “Animal Crackers” from the ABC Cinema in Denton.

rivest266 on October 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm

This opened on May 20th, 1970. grand opening ad with picture is at View link

skipden on January 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

The auditorium was split down the center to form a twin theater. Later other screens were added. At one time it was the Plitt Cinema 5. Currently operates as Movie Tavern.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thirteen sheets of drawings for the Denton Theatre and a house called the Varsity Theatre are preserved in the Interstate Theatre Collection at the Dallas Public Library. The plans are by Dallas architect John Rowland Thompson, and are dated c1969. I don’t see a Varsity Theatre listed for Denton at Cinema Treasures. It was located on Hinkle Drive.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

An article about the ABC Cinema was featured in the “Modern Theatre” section of Boxoffice on August 30, 1971. On opening, the single-screen house had 700 seats. The article confirms John Rowland Thompson (John R. Thompson & Associates) as the architect of this theater.

Also, Movie Tavern’s official page for this house currently lists it with only four screens, not five.

crunchocky on May 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm

This theatre was included in Marcus Theatres purchase of Movie Tavern and as such as of February 1, 2019 is now operated by Marcus Theatres. This theatre is now “Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton” and all relevant information is now on the Marcus Theatres website, Given the information on the Marcus website this complex currently appears to have 9 screens, as there are showtimes for 9 different auditoriums.

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