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Screen Time: Boutique Movie Theaters Around Dallas [Not Live]

 

With the proliferation of streaming services, it’s so easy to turn on any random flick from the comfort of the couch and half-watch the film while scrolling through Reddit threads about the movie you’re currently watching. Hell, some of you will watch entire movies on your phones, much to the chagrin of David Lynch, who frustratedly notes: "You'll think you have experienced it, but you'll be cheated. It's such a sadness, that you think you've seen a film, on your fucking telephone.”

You deserve to treat yourself to the full cinematic experience, and the best way to do this is in the theater — but not just any theater. Dallas has several fantastic smaller venues that turn your movie-watching into a heightened experience that film lovers shouldn’t miss.

Angelika Film Center

You’re probably not going to find Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster, but that’s not really the point of the Angelika in Mockingbird Station. The film selection is clearly curated to highlight movies from smaller studios, often ones you can’t catch at AMC or Cinemark. It’s fair to say the films can lean in the art-house direction but not in an avant-garde sort of way. They also host fun screenings, such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Friday, February 8.

The Inwood Theatre is one of the coziest spots in town to catch a movie. They mostly show bigger-name blockbusters these days, but it’s a fantastic place to see them. Downstairs, they only have one theater, but instead of traditional seats, they have an array of couches, gigantic beanbags and large, comfy chairs. Upstairs, they have two smaller theaters with massive, comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. Every Friday and Saturday, they’ll host midnight screenings of cult classics and old favorites. For instance, on February 8 & 9, they’ll be showing Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” They also have a fantastic bar that’s known for their martinis. Yes, you can bring them into the theater.


Built in 1931, the Texas Theatre is Dallas’ most historic movie theater and is (in)famous as the location where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured by police officers. Today, it is the city’s best spot for catching movies you won’t see anywhere else. Their calendar is often populated by newly-restored older films, limited release newer films and everything in between. One Tuesday each month, they host Tuesday Night Trash, in which they screen a double feature of so-bad-they’re-great films. They also have behind-the-screen events in which they’ll show a film and have local bands play afterward. It’s worth checking their calendar regularly, so you don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime event.

If you want to see a new, major motion picture release but want a unique theater-going experience as well, your best bet is the Galaxy Drive-In. Located south of Dallas near Ennis, this drive-in shows double features of the latest blockbusters. Tickets are just $7.00 to see two movies. Talk about a great deal. This winter, they’re open Thursday-Sunday night.

If you’re looking to class things up, look no further. As the name suggests, this theater is located in Highland Park Village, which is probably the city’s most luxurious shopping center. The theater, built in 1934, matches the surrounding shops’ extravagance with its Spanish Architecture, hand-painted murals and beautiful textiles. The movies the theater screens are pretty standard fare, but the overall experience is certainly more enjoyable than that of your typical multiplex. As a nice bonus, on the first Friday of each month, the theater offers buy-one-get-one-free tickets, so you can bring a friend, significant other or just some random person you find wandering around. The choice is yours.