Arcadia Theater

2005 Greenville Avenue,
Dallas, TX 75206

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Arcadia Theater

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This one is hard to tell about now. The sign and marquee have been disguised, but “Arcadia” was still displayed in red illuminated letters on the north side roof of the building.

After closing it was in use as a nightclub. The building was destroyed by a fire in June 2006.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 9, 2007 at 10:15 am

Here is a June 2006 article about the fire:
http://tinyurl.com/y44fee

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 28, 2009 at 1:39 am

The Arcadia Theatre suffered a major fire some sixty five years before the conflagration that finally destroyed it. The Arcadia was partly destroyed by fire in the early 1940s, and the auditorium was gutted, but the house was rebuilt.

The rebuilt Arcadia of 1941 was designed in the Art Moderne style by the Dallas firm Pettigrew & Worley. Partner John A. Worley published an article about the project in the June 21, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. There were numerous photos.

ttrentham
ttrentham on January 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I saw several hard rock / heavy metal acts there in the late 80s including Fishbone, Soundgarden, Slayer, Anthrax, Motorhead, Grim Reaper and Exodus. Anthrax did an in-store at the record store next to the theater and released at least one live track from that show on their I’m The Man EP.

matt54
matt54 on December 11, 2010 at 5:25 am

Only time I was in the Arcadia was to see a reissue of South Pacific sometime in the late 1970’s. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the place looked like inside; I was a regular at the Granada up the street because at the time it was a revival house for classic films.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

Modernization of the Arcadia Theatre was described in this 1941 trade article: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

After a major fire in November, 1958, the Arcadia was totally refurbished: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

More post-fire photos in this 1960 article: boxoffice

matermama
matermama on April 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I took a couple of photos of the 2 story organ chamber building behind the Arcadia Theater. There was a 4 keyboard/14ranks of pipes installed in the theater when it opened November 4, 1927. After sound came in, the organ was finally sent to Baylor University in Waco and was combined with a 2/12 Pilcher organ from the old Hippodrome/Strand theater that had been donated to Baylor Univ. The ranks of pipes usually were about 72 per rank ranging from the size of a pencil to 32 feet tall ones. So interesting how these theater organs were enormous in the amount of parts, blowers, relays and more. Fascinating too were the incredible sounds they could produce.

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