Buena Vista Theatre

3443 N. MacArthur Boulevard,
Irving, TX 75062

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Buena Vista - Irving, TX

Opened August 22, 1968 with Doris Day in “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out”. It was operated by Meagher Theatres. The Buena Vista Theatre featured 850 seats, a Spanish-style red and yellow decorating scheme and was located in the Northgate Shopping Center on MacArthur Boulevard in Irving, TX. It closed in 1978 and became a live theatre. It was closed in 1990.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2018 at 9:35 pm

This comment on our Irving Theatre page says that the Buena Vista Theatre was converted into a live theater venue and rental auditorium after closing as a movie house, but was abandoned when the Irving Arts Center was built (this would have been 1990.)

The comment says Buena Vista was across the street from the high school, and as of 2012 was slated to be demolished for a senior citizens condominium project. This project must have been The Villages on MacArthur, now open at 3443 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75062.

Without further information, that’s probably as close as we’ll get to the Buena Vista Theatre’s actual address. The 10-acre Arts Center is located immediately south of the condominium.

dallasmovietheaters on January 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The Buena Vista launched August 22, 1968 with the film, “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” In 1976, the Buena Vista showed two X-rated films, “Misty Beethoven” and “Alice in Wonderland” finding an audience but also prompting a boycott, action by the landlord of the Northgate Plaza Shopping Center banning “obscene” content, and finally a police raid while the film was showing the X-Rated, “Through the Looking Glass” in March of 1977. Giving in to pressure, the Buena Vista management attended an open meeting and adopted a new “G” rated only policy to the cheers of Irving. And the citizenry stopped coming to the theatre altogether with the Buena Vista closing prior to its tenth anniversary.

keithk2008 on March 4, 2021 at 2:08 am

The only thing I did not like was Buena Vista only showed movies secondary their priority was to do live stage shows they had no concession stand whatsoever to movies I saw here cat-o’-nine-tails and Beware the Blob! but I still enjoyed going!

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