DALLAS — When the AMC Grand opened in 1995, it was a unique behemoth: the first megaplex not only in Dallas but in the country. With 24 screens and a parking lot that felt like a city, it was the place to see all the big, new releases.
Times have changed. Boutique theaters are increasing, and the Grand, at I-35 and Technology Boulevard, is scheduled to shut its doors by Nov. 30.
American Multi-Cinema Inc., AMC's wholly owned subsidiary, will not exercise its option to extend the theater's lease, the company said.
AMC's theater in NorthPark Center continues to thrive, but the AMC Glen Lakes on Walnut Hill Lane at North Central Expressway closed in 2006.
The local theater scene has moved toward specialty exhibition since the Angelika opened in 2001 and the Magnolia opened in early 2002. Both theaters show art-house fare and offer drinks you can take to your seats. Meanwhile, Studio Movie Grill expanded into Dallas proper, adding to its many locations around the area.
More recently, Gold Class Cinemas, part of a new luxury, dinner-and-drinks theater trend, opened at the Village at Fairview on May 7.