Northpark West 1 & 2
1100 Northpark Center,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.
Architects: William C. Riseman
Firms: William Riseman Associates
Previous Names: Cinema I & II, Northpark I & II
News About This Theater
- May 23, 2012 — Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary
- Jul 3, 2010 — "Back To The Future"...Happy 25th!
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- Jul 15, 2008 — Remembering "Die Hard" -- A 20th Anniversary Tribute
- Jul 15, 2008 — Remembering "Die Hard"
- May 25, 2007 — Happy 30th, Star Wars!
The Cinema I & II was THE theater to go to in the Dallas Metroplex from its opening September 22, 1965. It was one of the first three theaters in the nation to be equipped with Lucasfilm Ltd’s THX and was personally done so by Tom Holmin, who was head of that division at the beginning. The Northpark never had a presentation flaw in its 33 year run. Even Lab Spiced reels were rejected by the projection team.
The studios, having their Dallas offices not far away, had many of their screenings at the Northpark and you never knew what famous person might run into you. Harrison Ford sat in the back rows during “Blade Runner”. Carol Channing made her way down the aisles, passing out tissues during scenes in “E.T”. Benji pressed his paws in cement in the forecourt. It was said that George Lucas once said that it was his favorite place to show his films. It was one of only 20 theaters in the nation to run “Star Wars” on its opening weekend in May of 1977. It was also only one of a handful of theaters in the nation to show James Cameron’s “Titanic” in 70 mm.
Not only did the Northpark do an outstanding job as a first run theater, it also had classics shown, titles ranging from “The Blues Brothers” to “The Sound of Music” graced the screen every summer during their annual Summer Movie nights. And by far the Northpark was considered the best sound system in the nation.
Sadly, General Cinema closed it on October 23, 1998 and the building was torn down in 2001.
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