Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton

916 W. University Drive,
Denton, TX 76201

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Operated by: Marcus Theatres

Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Movie Tavern, Plitt Theatres

Architects: John Rowland Thompson

Firms: John R. Thompson & Associates

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: ABC Cinema, Plitt Cinema 5, Denton Movie Tavern

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 940.483.1483

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Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton

The ABC Cinema was originally opened as a 700-seat single screen cinema on May 20, 1970 with Lee Van Cleef in “Barquero”. In the mid-1980’s it became Plitt Cinema 5 On February 1, 2019 it was taken over by Marcus Theatres and renamed Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton in 2005.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

A 1975 Marx Brothers movie ad for “Animal Crackers” from the ABC Cinema in Denton.

skipden on January 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The auditorium was split down the center to form a twin theater. Later other screens were added. At one time it was the Plitt Cinema 5. Currently operates as Movie Tavern.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thirteen sheets of drawings for the Denton Theatre and a house called the Varsity Theatre are preserved in the Interstate Theatre Collection at the Dallas Public Library. The plans are by Dallas architect John Rowland Thompson, and are dated c1969. I don’t see a Varsity Theatre listed for Denton at Cinema Treasures. It was located on Hinkle Drive.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2013 at 12:07 am

An article about the ABC Cinema was featured in the “Modern Theatre” section of Boxoffice on August 30, 1971. On opening, the single-screen house had 700 seats. The article confirms John Rowland Thompson (John R. Thompson & Associates) as the architect of this theater.

Also, Movie Tavern’s official page for this house currently lists it with only four screens, not five.

crunchocky on May 29, 2019 at 12:39 am

This theatre was included in Marcus Theatres purchase of Movie Tavern and as such as of February 1, 2019 is now operated by Marcus Theatres. This theatre is now “Movie Tavern by Marcus Denton” and all relevant information is now on the Marcus Theatres website, Given the information on the Marcus website this complex currently appears to have 9 screens, as there are showtimes for 9 different auditoriums.

rivest266 on May 13, 2021 at 8:20 pm

The ABC Cinema opened on May 20th, 1970 with “Barquero”. Its grand opening ad has been posted. In the mid-1980’s it became Cinema 5 as it is taken over by Cineplex Odeon and later Carmike Cinemas, who closed it in 2000. Reopened as Movie Tavern in 2005.

RyanToDaF2044 on May 27, 2023 at 6:17 am

Anyone have any pictures of this theatre as a Cineplex Odeon?

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