AMC Prestonwood 5
5640 Arapaho Road,
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The AMC Prestonwood 5 opened in May, 1980 featuring “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Urban Cowboy” on its main screens. It was constantly being confused with the UA Prestonwood 5, which was just down the street, and many patrons found themselves at the wrong box office when they tried to buy their tickets.
The AMC theater was one of the first in Dallas to have their projectors run by the managers (and non-union projectionists), so it was picketed by the projectionists union for a couple of months after the opening. There were also a couple of incidents where smoke bombs were set off in the theater, forcing the audience to evacuate.
In the 1990’s, as the mall across the street closed, the theater fell on hard times. The theater was next-door to the town of Addison, which is mostly businesses and shopping centers, so there were not many residences nearby to supply a local audience.
In 1999, the theater closed. It was renovated as the “Times Square” night club, where you could visit four different bars (including a Karaoke bar and a country western bar) with one cover charge. After that business closed, the theater was demolished. This address is now a retirement home.
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