AMC Penn Square 10

1901 NW Expressway,
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

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dallasmovietheaters on October 31, 2021 at 3:32 am

The Penn Square Shopping Center opened theatre-less in 1960 with anchors John A. Brown and Montgomery Ward. The shopping center was enclosed in 1982 and given a major renovation doubling floor space in 1988 including a new second level, food court and a new General Cinema 8-screen interior theater. RTKL Associates was the architect for the project.

General Cinema had entered the Oklahoma City (OKC) market in 1982 with the Quail Springs 6. In 1988, it added three more 8-plexes in the Brixton Square, Penn Square Mall, and Crossroads not Square all launching in 1988. The Penn Square opened on May 19th, 1988.

Four OKC megaplexes were announced in 1997 that would decimate General Cinema’s multiplex business model. Regal announced the 16-screen Crossroads that would compromise its 8-screen Crossroads facility. Then AMC announced the 24-screen Quail Springs complex that would detroy its aging Quail Spring six-plex. A month later, Cinemark announced a 20-screen Tinseltown and another circuit planned a downtown 16-screen megaplex.

At the 15-year leasing option of the Quail Springs 6 in 1997, GCC not only bailed there but totally left the OKC market. General Cinema dropped the Penn Square Mall location along with its Brixton Square 8 Quail Springs, and Crossroads 8 locations on August 10, 1997. Hollywood Theaters picked them all up as of August 15, 1997. Hollywood added two screens to make it a 10-plex not long before dropping the location in September of 2001.

Dickinson spent $350,000 on the location reopening there on November 1, 2002. Dickinson closed at the end of a 10-year leasing arrangement in 2012 with AMC taking on the venue in November of 2012. AMC invested $1.6 million in adding recliners and a new look concession area with its new look completed in May of 2013. The theater closed for the COVID-19 pandemic along with the other AMC locations on March 16, 2020. It reopened August 20, 2020.

50sSNIPES on January 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

The AMC Penn Square 10 Opened On May 19th, 1988 As A General Cinema. Dickinson Theatres Took It Over Years Later And Then AMC.

On January 18th, 2020, Shots Fired Occurred At The Theater’s Entrance Of The Penn Square 10.

rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section

CSWalczak on November 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

AMC is now in charge and the theater is listed on the company’s website.

CSWalczak on October 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

Here is an article that confirms the AMC takeover and provides more detail about the planned renovations.

John Fink
John Fink on October 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

AMC is taking it over with power recliners and stadium seating.

CSWalczak on September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Joel, when the site was renovated, getting updates requires that you now “subscribe” to the theater(s) which interest you. See below.

JoelWeide on September 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Please keep me updated with developments on this theatre. For some reason I am not getting updates. Thanks!

CSWalczak on September 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

This is most likely the the theater in Oklahoma City that this article mentions Dickinson shall be closing as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

JoelWeide on May 8, 2012 at 12:43 am

What is the current status of this theatre. DIckinson is either closing or selling off their screens, and are not doing any upgrading. Also was this originally a General Cinema house?

rivest266 on October 12, 2008 at 12:17 am

This opened on May 19th, 1988

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on October 31, 2006 at 8:22 pm

Not much to look at, but here is a photo of the marquee that sits on Northwest Highway:
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