Inwood Theatre

5458 W. Lovers Lane,
Dallas, TX 75209

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The Inwood opened on May 16, 1947 with Red Skelton’s “The Show Off”, and was an immediate success, the most modern and well-appointed theater in Dallas at the time.

It cost its original owners, the Interstate Amusement Company over $200,000 to build, and featured an opulent Art Moderne decor, including stenciled glass panels with carvings of realistic fish and marine life which were backlit by neon. Also, terrazzo marble and stainless steel decorated the lobby. The mezzanine level featured a vast mural of nude water nymphs. There was originally even a shell-shaped payphone in the lobby.

After declining in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Inwood Theatre suffered a devastating fire in 1980. Though heavily damaged, the theater reopened a year later as a twin, and the following year, a third auditorium was created from the old balcony area. In 1983, the Inwood Lounge, in the lobby of the theater, opened, and was soon one of Dallas' most popular gathering places and filled before and after screenings.

The Landmark chain purchased the Inwood Theatre in 1984 and it went from first-run features to art and foreign films. Landmark spent over $50,000 restoring the theater to its late-1940’s appearance, including restoring the theater’s murals and adding a new lighting layout to highlight both the murals and the lobby’s etched glass.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

chellybones on July 6, 2007 at 2:51 am

I have many more pictures of the inside, but this is the only one I have scanned so far.

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The light fixture and mural on the ceiling in the lobby.

chellybones on July 6, 2007 at 3:06 am

I didn’t take these, but here are a few more.

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Don Lewis on December 10, 2007 at 5:53 am

My December 2007 night image of huge INWOOD sign.

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Don Lewis on December 10, 2007 at 6:14 am

My December image of the IINWOOD THEATER at night.

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Don Lewis on March 20, 2009 at 9:22 pm

An old movie theater ad from 1949 for the Inwood Theatre.

matt54 on June 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

Saw the original roadshows of Sound of Music and Hawaii here, as well as Dallas 1st run exclusive of Jaws – and many more, too numerous to list – beautiful theater.

Marcel on September 8, 2011 at 4:54 am

The essential classic theatre…this place is priceless. Just Go!

Driveintheatre2001 on January 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

A few photos I took of the Inwood Theatre from 2007.. Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

rivest266 on October 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded here.

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