Every movie theater I went to as a kid in Fort Worth has since closed and/or been remodeled beyond all recognition. I'm curious what films everyone remembers seeing in which particular theater, all over town. These were INDOOR theaters...
* Wedgwood (on Trail Lake Drive, south of Loop 820) -- Single screen, opened in early 1960s. I remember seeing _Fantasia_, _Logan's Run_, Disney's animated _Robin Hood_, the '76 remake of _King Kong_, _Tron_, _The Villain_, _Taps_, etc. They used to have a big electric sign out in the parking lot, with stick-on letters to advertise the films, because the theater itself was way over on the other end of the shopping center and you plain couldn't see it from Trail Lake. That sign was removed long ago (it had this sequential red neon arrow pointing people into the parking lot). By the 1980s the theater was split in half and became a twin screen, and they were renting VHS tapes to folks out of the lobby. Eventually it became a four-screen dollar theater (my retired parents used to go there often, Mom smuggling in popcorn in her purse). Finally it closed for good. It was some sort of nightclub for a while, and is now a church. I think the last film I ever saw in the Wedgwood was the digitally enhanced _Empire Strikes Back_. A 1980 Southwest High School yearbook says they once showed _The Rocky Horror Picture Show_ at midnight as a fundraiser for the school band. I think my brother may have gone here in the early '70s to see _The Sting_ and _Jaws_.
* Seminary South. Three screens. Outparcel building, out in the parking lot of the Seminary South Shopping Center. Affiliated with General Cinema and each film used an entertaining opening promo for "GC" with a really kickin' snare drum instrumental. My brother and sister and I always went here to see Disney's _The Jungle Book_ each time it was re-released, and we always bought a box of lemon drops at the concession stand. Today it's a bingo parlor.
* The Opera House. Single screen. I saw the original _Star Wars_ and _Annie_ here. Not sure when it closed. Is the building still there? Has it been remodeled or demolished?
* Western Hills 4. Watched the remake of _Flash Gordon_ and the animated _Lord of the Rings_ here, and didn't like either film. I was quite young at the time and didn't go to this theater very much, and I have no idea when it closed or what's there now. I don't know if I could even find it again.
* Cineworld 4. Felix Street and I-35, in the middle of a shopping center building. I watched _9 to 5_ and _A Boy Named Charlie Brown_ here. I saw my first science-fiction double feature here: the original _War of the Worlds_ and _When Worlds Collide_. (Watch them back to back on video now and you still won't be disappointed!) Today it's a Dollar General store.
* New Isis. I never went to this theater, but I always saw it in the movie ads. This was in a totally different part of town from where I lived. Not long ago I was chatting with a clerk in a county government office and she mentioned that she used to go to the New Isis quite often when she was a little girl. When I asked her if she remembered any particular films she saw there, she had a ready, blushing response: "_Viva Las Vegas_!" Anyone have information on what this theater is being used for today?
* Ridglea. I keep confusing this theater with something else in my mind, so I may be mistaken. It was on Camp Bowie Blvd. It may have been here where I saw the original _Superman_, _Close Encounters of the Third Kind_, _Empire Strikes Back_, and _Star Trek: The Motion Picture_. (Incredibly, I did NOT like each of these films when I first saw them -- and they were always shown in the same theater.)
* Hulen 6. Behind Hulen Mall. I saw a couple of dozen great films there as a kid: _E.T._, _Raiders of the Lost Ark_, _The Muppet Movie_, _Return of the Jedi_, etc. My sister worked in the concession stand for a couple of years. I know they showed _Blazing Saddles_ there as a re-release. The last film I ever saw there was _Apollo 13_ the night it premiered, and there was a HOLE in the screen the size of a basketball. I think this theater was later expanded to 10 screens, but there was another 10-screen theater less than a mile down the road. The Hulen 6 closed (did the mall build a new theater in the mall itself? I haven't been inside Hulen Mall in ages) and the last time I saw it, it appeared to be undergoing some sort of renovation.
In reading other posts, I've been surprised to learn of several movie theaters that came and went long, long ago. I hadn't known that there once was a theater in the Westcliff Shopping Center. I'd like to hear other folks' memories of indoor movie theaters around Fort Worth over the stretch of time. What movies do you remember seeing there?
Wow, the memories here! Before I begin mine, I have a question concerning a closed theater. I've heard for years and years that a theater in downtown Fort Worth, after closing, was allowed to stand but eventually had buildings erected around it and was eventually closed off from public site, unable to be seen from the street. Does this ring a bell? I was thinking maybe it was The Worth or The Hollywood.
As for the movies I saw and where:
The Wedgewood: I saw a ton of movies there, including The Sting, The Towering Inferno, TRON, The Villain, Escape From Alcatraz, Arthur, Pale Rider, The Warriors (there were tales of fights breaking out in various theaters across the US during the run of this movie. I don't know how much was hype and how much was true, but my friend and I encountered a drunk guy and his two buddies. He was slamming the back of the seats on his way out, cussing and acting like he'd lost something. We ignored him and continued watching the movie). I think my best memory is a midnight showing of Night of the Living Dead. This was before the days of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the whole audience participated in commentary with the movie. Great experience!
The Bowie: Only saw one movie here and that was The Enforcer starring Clint Eastwood. This was in 1976 I think and the theater was already becoming a bit run-down.
Seminary South: Jaws (great experience with the audience jumping), Murder by Death, Funny Lady, Grease, Poltergeist, The Cat People, Superman II, The Toy (yes, I cop to paying for this one), Norma Rae, The Rose, Southern Comfort, The Shining, Rocky III, and many more I've forgotten.
Western Hills 4: The animated Lord of the Rings, The In-Laws (the original with Alan Arkin & Peter Falk), Superman, The Muppet Movie.
The 7th Street: Flashdance, Midnight Express, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Donald Sutherland version), The Jerk.
Cineworld: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, That's the Way of the World, Apocalypse Now, Return of the Pink Panther, The Way We Were.
The Opera House: Star Wars (with a beautiful souvenir magazine that I seem to have lost), Dune, The Black Hole, Superman III (yeah, I paid to see this for some reason also) and Animal House. The seats were so comfortable that I feel asleep during The Black Hole (I found it a big boring, too, but like it better now).
The Ridglea: By far my favorite cinema of all-time. Scores of movies seen there included The Poseidon Adventure, Marathon Man, The Missouri Breaks, The Omen, The Empire Strikes Back (sitting in the balcony, with the wall-mounted speakers nearby, I felt like I was IN the movie), Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Batman, Crossroads (with Ralph Macchio, NOT Britney Spears!), Three Men and a Baby, etc. etc. I went after they chopped the theater into three screens and it was a terrible experience. I knew the Ridglea I had loved was gone. Whatever they do with it, I hope they preserve the building at least.
Hulen 6: So many seen there, including An American Werewolf in London, Excalibur, Return of the Jedi, Ragtime, Rocky IV, Dragonslayer, Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween II, The Long Riders, Tom Horn, etc. etc.
The first indoor cinema I ever went to was in Burleson, where I now live. I believe it was called The Burleson Twin but I could be wrong. The first indoor movie I ever saw was there and it was Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Also saw Live and Let Die, Deliverance, Werewolf of Washington (anbody ever heard of that one?), The Cowboys (I had never seen John Wayne die in a movie till this one and walked out stunned), Smokey and the Bandit, Young Frankenstein, E.T., and Star Wars on its first re-release. The building is still there and is now a church.
I also went a few times to The Esquire in Cleburne. By that time, the theater was starting to run down a bit. My brother-in-law's brother happened to run it for a while. I saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Cannonball Run II, Body Heat, and The Road Warrior there.
I've been to various theaters around the Metroplex during the years, but forget exactly the names. I know I've been to the Six Flags Mall cinema, the North Hills Mall theater, and various multiplexes like The UA Bowen, the one by Toys 'R Us near Cherry Lane that I totally forget the name of, the General Cinema near Ridgmar Mall, just down the street from Best Buy. That's all I can remember at this hour. Once again, great thread!