Denton Movie Tavern

916 West University Drive,
Denton, TX 76201

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Denton Movie Tavern

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The ABC Cinema was originally opened as a 700-seat single screen cinema in 1971. Further information on the Movie Tavern would be appreciated.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm

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

rivest266 on October 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

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

skipden on January 8, 2010 at 9:53 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 3:25 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 7:07 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.

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