Medallion 5 Theatre

125 Medallion Center,
Dallas, TX 75214

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Previously operated by: Hollywood Theaters, Interstate Theatres Corporation, Plitt Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Jack H. Morgan

Previous Names: Medallion Theatre

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The Medallion Theatre was a one screen large theatre until 1986, when it was cut into three screens under United Artists, and in late-1991 into five screens under Trans-Texas Theatre Company. It closed on December 13, 2001.

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Interstate Theatres built the Medallion in 1968 opening with Butch Cassidy on October 30th, 1969. Notable exclusives there were The Godfather, The Sting, MASH, American Graffiti, Deliverance, and Chinatown. Downtown theatres struggled as the Central Zone (NorthPark, UA 150 (later Cine) and Medallion) thrived. Medallion held sneak of Jaws and Steven Spielberg cited the Medallion as his “good luck theater” and one of his most memorable moments. He also sneaked Close Encounters and 1941 before moving his sneaks to the nearby NorthPark I & II.

In 1978, Plitt acquired many of Interstate theatres and the Medallion became a Plitt property. Competition became fierce in what was known as the Central Zone as multiplexes opened nearby in the 1980s.

The Medallion was sold to United Artists, in 1986. UA closed the Medallion for two months on March 20, 1986 converted it to three auditoriums. The original screen remained intact on the south side of the theatre and two smaller screens were located on the north side, adjacent to the newly remodeled and expanded concession stand. The two northern houses remained until its closure, holding 300 and 140 patrons. When the high tech UA Plaza opened in May of 1989, the Medallion became a second run bargain theatre and the nearby UA Cine became an art house.

The Central Zone was negatively impacted in the mid-1990s when the megaplex era began. UA gave up the Medallion in 1993. Dallas-based Trans-Texas Theatre Company took over the Medallion and two other failing movie houses, Cinemark’s NorthTown and Skillman 6. Trans-Texas turned the three-screen house Medallion into a five-screen house as the original silver-beaded screen was split three ways. The move proved somewhat successful prior to the theatre being sold to the Hollywood Theatre chain in 1997.

Under Hollywood Theatres management, the theatre experimented with second run art house movies and attracted the Vistas Hispanic-oriented film festival. The owners noting the down-turned discount movie environment deleted weekday matinees before abandoning the DFW area temporarily in early 2000.

Premiere Cinema Corporation became the next owner of the Medallion. Premiere brought back matinees, regularly showed classic films and experimented with midnight films aimed at the nearby SMU college audience. It continued its connection with the Vistas Film Festival before closing the theatre.

The seventh and final operator was an independent under the management of George Jones. It became an outlet for low-budget, locally produced films, promotional showmanship (including live hypnotists, clowns, and other gimmicks used to attract moviegoers in the 1930s and 1940s) along with second run features. The theater was given a minor updating in its concession area, including a party area and paintings of movie stars.

The Medallion’s last day was December 13th, 2001 ending a 32-year run. In a nice touch, one of the Medallion’s last films was the very first film shown there, Butch Cassady and the Sundance Kid. The theater sat deserted for three and a half years until being torn down in May of 2005 to make room for a Kohl’s Department Store.

Logan5
Logan5 on January 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

According to the book Buddy Holly: A Biography by Ellis Amburn, the world premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story” took place at the Medallion Theatre in in Dallas, Texas on Thursday May 18, 1978.

CaptainRob
CaptainRob on December 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

The date of 1993 for UA giving up Medallion is incorrect. I was the GM of this theater for Trans Texas Amusements during March to May of 1992 before they moved me to Ft Worth Town Center Dollar Cinema 8. I had previously worked for UA and GCC. Medallion still had the UA Communications logos inlaid in tile in the lobby floor. They had pulled out the UA name though. One night a friend of mine that still worked for UA came by and saw the logo and just shook his head. “Ya’ll couldn’t afford to take out the entire logo?” That theater was a mess. The box office cashiers were somewhat silly. There was a button under the box office counter. My first week there I asked them about it. They didn’t know what it was for. The cashier even pushed it. “See, nothing happens.” They didn’t ever make the connection that five minutes later the Dallas Police would show up.

markbrack
markbrack on July 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

As a theatre owner at one point of the old Waco, Texas GCC LakeAir Theatre – the old man who hung one of our new screens had been a projectionist at the Medallion – The Medallion could play un-married opticals and according to this man ALL of the Spielberg films were sneaked at the Medallion – which is contrary to what is stated above. Having been in the booth at GCC North Park several times – I can attest to the fact that North Park was not equipped to play un-married opticals when I was in the booth to look around………. I will always remember the exclusive 70mm run of Alien at the Medallion – The Medallion was a 20th Century Fox house – most of the time. Alien never looked so good or sounded so great as it did at the Medallion. Dallas lost two great theatres when the Medallion was split and when GCC NorthPark was closed. Granted AMC North Park is nice – but GCC North Park I seated 1000 and had the largest screen in the nation outside of Radio City Music Hall – they just don’t make them like that ANYMORE! RIP Medallion! We miss you – but you are NOT forgotten by this former theatrical film exhibitor………..

Coate
Coate on July 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Was the Medallion the Dallas venue in which the Spring 1989 Director’s Cut re-release of “Lawrence of Arabia” played?

Babboo65
Babboo65 on June 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm

This was the first theater I ever worked. It was a single screen – had a smoking section on the left side – velvet curtains – the works. It was a grand house for sure. I was there in 1981 – 1982 just after the time Plitt Southern Theatres took it over. Probably the biggest event we had while I was there was the “Cannonball Run” and one of the actresses showed up and signed the lobby poster. On a Saturday clean-up we went through some of the upstairs storage rooms and found all kinds of posters (Gone with the Wind, Thunderball, and others), some 16mm and 35mm reels with trailers, and even some old usher and concession stand uniforms – pretty cool stuff. I also remember trying to change lightbulbs in the seating area with this impossibly long extension pole and a ridiculously tall ladder…suffice to say there were more bulbs broken and swept up than there were replaced.

This was also the theater where I saw Sound of Music, Star Wars, and many others years before.

MSC77
MSC77 on November 28, 2021 at 11:08 pm

In what year did the Medallion go from three to five screens?

m00se1111
m00se1111 on November 28, 2021 at 11:37 pm

according to the bio above 1993. Is there some question regarding that which requires verification?

matt54
matt54 on November 29, 2021 at 12:52 am

Re: dallasmovietheatres comment, the UA Ciné 150 opened with that name; “Ciné” was not added later. After the theatre was split into two auditoriums - and was no longer capable of exhibiting films in Dimension 150 (new name for Todd-AO), the theatre’s name changed to the UA Ciné I&II.

CaptainRob
CaptainRob on November 29, 2021 at 6:58 am

Medallion went from three screens to five sometime in late 1991. I started as GM there in February 1992 and had been hired by Trans Texas president Bill Knight. Number Five auditorium had actually been the next door pizza bar. Trans Texas cut a doorway through the wall and installed a sloped concrete floor. Which looked brand new when I first inspected it. You could see where the pizza ovens had been down near the screen along with the outline of the bar. The original entrance had been walled off. I was working for UA when they bought it and converted it from one screen to three. They split the auditorium across the middle and installed a second projection booth. They twinned the back half. Leaving a almost cube shaped main auditorium. Which Trans Texas later twinned. Trans Texas also ripped out the downstairs office and moved it upstairs. And they ripped out the island style concession stand that UA had and built one along the wall. You could still see where the island had been because they patched it with the wrong color tile.

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