Developers Out of New Mexico Have a Plan for Old AMC Glen Lakes 8 Space: Arcade!

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No doubt you're aware by now that beloved Houston-based Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods is due to take over the old Toys "R" Us at Walnut Hill and Central Expressway; originally due to debut 'round Thanksgivingish, Spec's tells Unfair Park this morning that there's now "no specific date" for the grand opening, so just hold your liquor.

Turns out, though, that's not the only piece of property set for a redo on that east side of Central: On Thursday, during a meeting jam-packed with items of interest we'll get to soon enough, the City Plan Commission will hear about a proposal to raze the old AMC Glen Lakes 8 and replace it with "a general commercial amusement (inside) and restaurant use." To be more specific:
The applicant is proposing a restaurant and commercial amusement (inside) use. Commercial amusement (inside) can be a considered an umbrella for specific types of amusement uses such as banquet hall, bingo parlor, dance hall, and children's amusement center. The applicant has indicated the type of commercial amusement proposed in this case is a general commercial amusement center with games of skill and arcade games for adults and children. Staff believes this and all other types of commercial amusement (inside) uses are appropriate for the property with the exception of a dance hall. The PD conditions show the staff's recommendation for a dance hall to be allowed by SUP.
The developers behind this are out of New Mexico: Rosemont Realty, where messages have been left. But, first off: I could have sworn the theater, which used to be one of my favorites, has been closed longer than five years. Second: How's Dave & Buster's going to feel about feel about this?

Update: Dave & Buster's probably feels pretty good about it, actually, since, as one Friend of Unfair Park notes below, it's actually going to be a Dave & Buster's. Hunh.

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OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Hated when they closed this theatre.

For my money, I loved these throw-back retro theatres. Small, somewhat intimate and I dunno...movies just seemed better then.

Miss this one almost as much as the UA Cine and it's 70's-style Towering Inferno looking lobby.

Yeah, you'd probably get a spring stuck in your ass from the seats and your feet always stuck to the floor...but hey...I saw of my favorite art-house flicks there! Didn't SMU buy that property and Jack's Pub for the Bush Library?

Hmm.

Dougsterfresh
Dougsterfresh

What I wouldn't give for a Pinball arcade like Pinballz in Austin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Isn't that the same plan that crashed and burned at the old Universal Theater site off of Park Lane behind Bed Bath & Beyond?  The one that is now a mega-church?

Mavdog
Mavdog

"How's Dave & Buster's going to feel about this"?

Well, this is going to be a D&B (or at least that's the rumour). They're moving from the Corner Shopping Center up the street.

Ed D.
Ed D.

I used to (heart) the AMC Glen Lakes and still feel the USA Film Festival lost its way when it went chasing after shinier venues. I guess we should just be grateful that it's not yet another vast non-denominational church.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Dallas is getting a GattiTown! Would be my bet, at least.

Lee
Lee

Where Jack's Pub once was, there is now a practice/training center for Olympic field events.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

That was the old UA theater w/Laser Tag and a Virtual World...Used to spend a ton of time at that place back in the mid 90's and even saw some pretty kickass flicks there.

When it comes to that old AMC property, it would be much wiser for D&B to move into that location, seeing the current site and the surrounding retail space has been losing quality clients over the years, not to mention allow D&B to build out a newer generation store w/ more square footage...

Lee
Lee

You are right. Theater, Amusemnet Arcade, restaurants..........Why would it be more successful now?

gabbahey
gabbahey

I vote Carousel Raceway....

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

   I used to volunteer for and help sponsor the USAFF, back in the 90s. I first heard about it when I saw Robert Altman interviewed in that lobby for Entertainment Tonight or some similar show (1992?). The main annual festival series did take place there multiple times, as did Kidfilm and a lot of monthly screenings. However, even then we were also screening at the Inwood, Lakewood, UA Cine, the old Northpark 1&2 & 3&4, the UA/UA, and later the Cinemark 17 at Webb Chapel and even the giant AMC 24.

   Alonso Duralde was the artistic director of the festival back then; he had to simultaneously be a tyrant to the projectionists (I remember watching a film catch and burn there while the director was in the audience) and a sweet-talker to the special guests, to get and keep some of the film premieres. No matter where we presented, he was what made it a class act, at least in my mind.

   Work took me to another state shortly after Alonso moved on to Hollywood, and when I came back to Dallas years later, the Festival felt like a much different organization. I had to drop out again for a while because of my schedule, but now, with new festivals in the area providing more competition for publicity, films, and ultimately patrons, I wonder how it's faring.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

We have a GattiTown at Forest/Marsh.  You are welcome to take it cross town.

Grahambo
Grahambo

I second that vote!  Carousel Raceway was the coolest arcade around!  We need a TRUE retro-arcade - instead of another place with redemption games that we see now.  Properly positioned and marketed, a "new" Carousel would rake in the bucks.  There would be absolutely nothing like it. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I stand corrected. Maybe Dallas is getting another GattiTown!

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