General Cinema Galleria Five

13350 Dallas Parkway,
Dallas, TX 75240

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Galleria Theater ad for January 2, 1983

This theater was a five screen General Cinema theater that opened with the Dallas Galleria in 1982. It was built into the mall at the ice rink level and you could very easily miss it if you didn’t know it was there.

Despite not living near the mall, would come to see shows there as didn’t have a lot of alternatives for those living in far north Dallas, Farmers Branch and Carrollton at the time (now we have more theaters then we know what to do with). I remember that it was an unusual design as the box office was a four side desk smiliar to a mall security or information desk stuck way out between the lobby and the ice rink. The lobby itself was down several steps, no elevator here and definately not handicap accessable by today’s standards. The auditoriums were traditional box like auditoriums, very small and lined with perforated metal. Often wondered if anyone would ever find us alive if something bad happened as I would occasionally think about how the entire mall was on top of these little auditoriums.

I wasn’t there for the closing in 2000. Remember it was a very hole in the wall type establishement as far as location (very nice though), so it had a really hard time being successful and then the megaplexs started to come online. Simple GC decor for the mid-1980’s.

It was boarded up for years, only fans knew it was there. Then when the Galleria expanded and renovated years earlier, it was finally gutted and turned into concession and resturant space.

Remember if you made the last show, if you didn’t come in through the Westin hotel, you could come in to the Alpha Road entrance and they’d leave a door open with a bypass that took you around whatever store was there at the time and into the mall common area as everything was already closed. Then after the show there never was any security to force you out, so you’d have the run of the mall until/unless you caused trouble. Embarrassed to say I saw “Waterwold” there….

Contributed by k blanco

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rivest266 on October 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

K Blanco, according to Wikipedia, this mall opened in 1982 and Waterworld is an mid 1990’s movie. I think it closed in 2000

greeneye4943 on July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

This was actually a five-plex, not four. It opened with the mall in Fall 1982 and closed in 2000, as soon as GCC’s bankruptcy filing was approved. Dallas-area moviegoers (and the newspaper film critics) were disappointed in this theatre upon it’s opening. They expected something special from GC for such a high-profile location (a la NorthPark), but instead the place turned out to be another uninspired, standard-issue GCC row of crackerbox auditoriums.

One other notable feature of this place….the restrooms were located off the lobby, accessible only via a small flight of stairs. Very strange design, and very wheelchair-unfriendly.

Filmwrath82 on December 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

The last two movies I saw at this theatre were Hollow Man and X-Men back in summer 2000.

jamesdj on June 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

I worked at this cinema for 7 months in 1985. We never had the good movies, the only big movie I remember having was 1984. The design was not done very well for having people exit the theater and having people waiting to get into the theater. But it did have handicap accessibly right by the stairs that went down to the concession stand there was a door and the hallway ran all the way to the end of the theater and sloped down so that when you got to the end you were at the theater level down by the emergency exit doors. There was also a bathroom on the theater level that was for handicap people. In 1985 none of this was marked because if you went that way you bypassed the ticket taker. When we would sale tickets to handicap people you would call the manager to escort them to the handicap entrance. We would stay after closing and the projectionist would run films for us to watch, we would hang out and drink, party, watch a little of the movie. I spent the night at this cinema many, many, times. For all us kids that worked there in 1985 and we were all friends from before we stated working there it was one big party all the time. The managers were blind to all the things we did there. I have great memories of this place, the mirrored walls in the lobby and the benches with the padded red vinyl covering that were along the walls. The room there we pop the pop-corn. We would pop pop-corn for hours and put it in bags to be used later. (GCC did not use fresh pop-corn then it could be as much as 2 to 3 days old) That was the easy money sitting and popping corn all day. In my opinion it was not managed well and need more oversight from someone outside of the theater. Wow how this has brought back some memories

CaptainRob on December 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I worked at this theater from November of 87 until April of 90. Mostly as Assistant Manager. Just went over to the Galleria Mall last week. The theater isn’t so much as demolished as entombed. The Bennigans next door is gone and the entire space that was in front of the theater entrance is now part of the food court. But the outside marque is still there. Although covered over and all black. I had come from the UA Prestonwood Creek. Which had been the busiest theater in their circuit. And expertly run as well. The Galleria was totally different. I believe that the GM, Bob Rogers had only started a couple of months prior. And the previous GM was Kevin Moore. He had left to open the GCC Collin Creek in Plano. And then got fired just because the DM didn’t like him. Galleria didn’t have any discipline at all and was a total mess. The Turkish Assistant I replaced was probably insane. he got moved to Caruth Plaza. Or second GM, Greg Attaway, told us that he’d had heard alot of wild stories about the guy. While I was there he had an old guy that worked for th phone company come in on Thursday nights and pop popcorn for the entire week. And then take some guys out and change the marquee. He’d smoke cigars while popping and occasionally we’d find a cigar butt in the popcorn. The company made all of the theaters display signs that said that their popcorn was popped fresh. It just wasn’t served fresh.

victor_m on February 13, 2016 at 7:14 am

Does anyone know the film projectionist at GCC Valley View ? Or anyone that worked there in 1984 ?

Roy Jenkins
Roy Jenkins on February 28, 2018 at 2:13 pm

victor_m, I worked briefly as Chief of Staff at GCC Valley View in late 1983. One of the projectionists there at the time was David Roberts, who became a good friend of mine. There was an older union projectionist, as well. Searching my memory, I think his name was Roland Cross.

For the record, I worked at GCC in many capacities in the 1980s and 90s, starting as a concessionist at the Galleria shortly after it opened. Also worked at the Prestonwood IV as Assistant Manager, Park Plaza in Arlington as Manager, and then much later on at Galleria and Collin Creek in Plano as projectionist. —Roy Jenkins

victor_m on March 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

Thanks Roy….Jim Massoud my brother knew David back then. Jim has muscular dystrophy now . Jim was a drummer in a jazz trio at a Regal Row hotel at that time. I apologize for asking but Could I meet you and or David to talk very briefly about the VV. Cinema and the people who were there ?

CaptainRob on March 1, 2018 at 11:23 am

Hey Roy. I (Robert Murphy) worked with you at the Galleria from 1987 to 89 when Bob Rogers was GM. Then I got shoved over to Valley View in 90. After Valley View closed I got calls for a few years from “Brother” Bill Whatley checking up on me. It’s ashamed that the only way you can tell there was ever a theatre at Galleria is the old blacked out marquee on the NorthWest corner of the mall property.

Roy Jenkins
Roy Jenkins on March 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Victor, David and I are not in close contact at the moment, but you are welcome to email me at roy (at), and I can fill you in on what I know.

Robert, I remember you well. It’s amazing how much the ice rink level at the Galleria has changed in appearance. It is a struggle to even visualize where the theatre was.

Brother Bill Whatley was something of an odd icon. I knew him well since I was a 16 year old usher at Northtown 6 Theatres. Finally verified that he died some years back. My very good friend Kevin Moore also died about 10 years ago. He was only 47.

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