Paree Twin Cinema
1115 Mineral Wells Avenue,
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The Paree Twin Cinema was opened sometime in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s. It was the first indoor theater in Paris since the Capitol Theatre closed around 1970. It was operated by the same man who had kept the Sky Vue Drive-In open as the only theater in Paris for virtually the entire decade of the 1970’s. I’m not sure if the exact date it opened, but I remember seeing “Porky’s” and “Alone In the Dark” there, and they were both released in 1981.
It closed sometime in the 2000’s, when it was essentially replaced by the Parisian Theatre, which opened a short distance away. The main features I remember were the glassed in lobby with a big chandelier, and the fact that the parking lot was not level. You essentially had to drive uphill to pull out of the parking lot and onto the street. It was built close to a very sharp curve on Mineral Wells Avenue, and sometimes it was hard to get in and out of. At some point, a Super Wal-Mart was built across the highway, which increased traffic considerably, and may have been one of the reasons the decision was made to close the theater, and re-locate nearby, as I believe the same owner opened the Parisian Theatre.
The theatre stood empty until 2011, when it was demolished. As a personal note, at about the spot where the theater sign stands, was once a small house where many years before, when the area was basically a small rural community called Fariview, and Mineral Wells Avenue was a 2 lane road with virtually no businesses, my parents lived there when I was born, and where I spent the first few years of my life.
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