Opera House Cinema

1700 S. University Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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rivest266 on April 24, 2021 at 8:29 am

The Opera House Cinema opened on May 15th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted. It was taken over by General Cinema in 1971 until it closed in 1985.

keithk2008 on March 3, 2021 at 4:48 pm

I love this movie theater because their buttered popcorn was the best out of all of general cinemas theaters, plus like the other reviewers said, they played only exclusive road show movies at this theater I went to see earthquake here probably for 10 times and I didn’t realize back then that those SENSURROUND speakers were subwoofers anyway I hated it when they tore it down to put in a strip mall but it always showed the best movies I believe that Earthquake ran for about 10 months maybe longer if I’m wrong somebody correct me because I would like to know. Thank You

jamestv on July 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

The map at the top of the page is way off-base—-the theatre was quite a bit further south, closer to TCU(it was right on the edge of the lower Trinity River).

dwdyer on January 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

1700 South University Drive would be a closer address than the one above.

Coate on June 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

The Opera House during 1977-78 had a 39-week engagement of the original “Star Wars,” the second-longest single-theater run of the movie in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (The longest was a 54-weeker at Northpark I & II.) The Opera House booking included a mid-run upgrade to Dolby Stereo, which probably contributed to the unusually long engagement.

jamestv on June 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

What was sorta unique about this theatre was that the screen and masking could accomodate practically any 35-70MM format size—from 2.35:1 scope to 2.10:1 70MM to 1.85:1 widescreen to 1.66:1 foreign format to old Hollywood 1.33:1; one of the few theatres able to show the 1933 King Kong in the proper ratio when it was re-released in the ‘70’S.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2010 at 6:17 am

A photo of the lobby of the Village Opera House appeared on the cover of Boxoffice, August 18, 1969. The caption says the new road show house seated 520.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2009 at 1:11 am

The Village Opera House was opened as a reserved-seat roadshow house on May 15, 1969. The first attraction was “Sweet Charity.” The house was conceived by designer Peter Wolf as a “Victorian Jewel Box.” The house, initially operated by Tejas Theatres, was part of a themed project called 1849 Village, but the style of the theater building was much more later Queen Anne-Eastlake than it was the Greek Revival still predominating in the 1850s. If the theater was typical of the buildings in the project, 1879 Village would have been a more appropriate name.

Rendering here in Boxoffice Magazine.

The May 26, 1969, Boxoffice item about the opening failed to mention the seating capacity but said that the screen was 20x46 feet.

rivest266 on October 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm

1849 village does not map on google.

Michael on September 25, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Cool Randi, I saw Superman II at this theatre on July 4th, 1981.

MissRandi on September 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

I remember going to see Superman 3 at this theatre back in 1983.

Michael on August 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Based on a local newspaper, the address is 1849 Village at Univ. Drive.