Wellborne Spotlight Cinema & Grill

2661 Midway Road,
Carrollton, TX 75006

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Wellborne Spotlight Cinema & Grill

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The Venetian Movie Bar & Grill opened on September 4, 2012 by Venetian Theaters. The four screen theatre features a full food and bar menu plus the latest movies. The theatre is all digital along with 3D capabilities. It had closed May 8, 2016. It was taken over by new operators and reopened July 8, 2016 as the Wellborne Spotlight Cinema & Grill.

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CaptainRob
CaptainRob on June 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Went by this theater last week at about 5:30 PM to check it out. And it was closed. No signage or anything.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on June 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

When Albertson’s grocery chain closed the majority of its locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it was theater-goers who benefited as two closed Albertson’s were transformed into cinemas. The Studio Movie Grill: Royal in Dallas was the first and this location, the Venetian Movie Bar & Grill, was the second. The quirky theatre was a nice rebirth of movie going in Carrollton which once had multiple, multi-screen operations but had been left theatre-less since 2002.

The Venetian drew on weekends but aged quickly with theatre chairs not up to the task. Further, off-putting elements including not having features on the phone and a website that was often down would quickly catch-up to the indy theater. Ciné America came in to operate the theatre to prevent a death spiral. A changed menu with higher prices rankled what was left of its core patrons. C-A was likely considering transforming it to a Hispanic-based operation as it operated the theatre in Fort Worth’s La Gran Plaza. The circuit gave independent films and four-wallers a shot in the Venetian’s final days giving DFW-area exclusive presentations of a handful of features. But on May 8, 2016 – shy of its fourth anniversary – the theatre was mercifully closed with a new operator hoping to reverse the fortunes. Wellborne Spotlight Cinema and Grill came in to operate as of the July 4th weekend, 2016 with a soft launch of repertory/recent films and its full launch with new films on July 8, 2016.

CaptainRob
CaptainRob on June 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

It’s quite clear to me what this theaters problem was. Nobody new it was there. I’m a long time theater guy and this location was just about four miles from my house. And I didn’t know it was there. I only found it when I was going to a computer/networking store the next block over. I saw it’s dinky little sign and thought it was just a small little community arts theater. I went by again last week and decided to check it out and it was closed. I learned a long time ago. The customers won’t come if they don’t know you’re there.

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