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DFW silver screen playbook: Mulitiplexes (Tarrant County)

Posted 1:36pm on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013


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REGION: MULTIPLEXES (TARRANT)

1. Cinemark Alliance Town Center

9228 Sage Meadow Trail,

Fort Worth

www.cinemark.com

Number of screens: 14

Movies: Mainstream new releases

The reel deal: Opened in June 2012, this state-of-the-art theater features oversize wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling screens, custom JBL sound systems and digital presentation in every auditorium. The theater features a Cinemark XD Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium, and seven of the auditoriums are RealD 3D-capable.

Comfort factor: Stadium seating, high-backed rocker seats and flip-up cup holder armrests

Food/drink: A cafeteria-style self-service concession area features candy, nachos, bottled drinks, fountain drinks, popcorn and kettle corn. Cafe Cinema features Blue Bell Ice Cream and Starbucks coffee.

Parking: The center's big lot in front.

You should also know: There's a party room designed for birthday parties before or after a feature. Cinemark's "Classic Series" features films such as Forrest Gump, Casablanca and The Godfather on the big screen.

2. Rave Motion Pictures North East Mall

1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst

www.ravemotionpictures.com

Screens: 18

Movies: Mainstream new releases

The reel deal: The largest of the area Rave theaters, it has 18 auditoriums spread over three levels and DLP digital presentation on all 18 screens. It also has 3-D-equipped auditoriums. One auditorium features RaveXtreme: The Big Screen Experience with leather seats and a wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling screen.

Comfort factor: Hi-back recliner seats with cup holders and an arm rest, 18-inch risers and 48 inches of leg room between rows.

Food/drink: Multiple concession stands on each level help with the big crowds. There's the standard popcorn, candy and soft drinks, but also hot food such as chicken tenders and pretzels, and $1 hot dogs on Tuesdays.

Parking: North East Mall lots and the garage near Dillard's offer ample parking, but expect crowds.

You should also know: The Rave Cinema Classics program shows classic films at reduced ticket prices. Also, Plano-based Cinemark recently purchased the Dallas-based Rave's Texas locations, so expect to see some changes.

3. AMC Grapevine Mills

3150 Grapevine Mills Parkway,

Grapevine (Entry No. 5 of Grapevine Mills mall)

www.amctheatres.com

Screens: 30

Movies: Mainstream new releases with a smattering of arthouse flicks.

The reel deal: Opened since October 1997, the massive Grapevine Mills theater complex offers digital presentation and RealD 3D and a mix of 18 traditional auditoriums and 12 dine-in theaters. It was remodeled in 2010 to add the dine-in concept with a swanky bar area and a full restaurant menu.

Comfort factor: There's traditional stadium seating in most of the theaters, but the Cinema Suites auditoriums offer huge electric reclining chairs that take the moviegoing experience to another level. (They also come with a $12-$15 ticket price.)

Food/drink: The Cinema Suites (21 and up) menu includes blackened salmon, chicken alfredo, salads and tenderloin steak tips. Fork & Screen (18 and up unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) has a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and pizza. The MacGuffins bar and lounge area serves beer, wine and cocktails that can be taken into the auditoriums. A concession stand also has standard fare like popcorn, candy and soft drinks.

Parking: The mall parking lot is huge but often crowded.

You should also know: With its 30 screens, AMC Grapevine Mills is a prime spot to find smaller independent films at the multiplex.

4. Rave Motion Pictures Ridgmar

2300 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth (lower level of Ridgmar Mall near Neiman Marcus)

www.ravemotionpictures.com

Screens: 13

Movies: Mainstream new releases

The reel deal: Smaller than the North East Mall Rave, the Ridgmar theater is the go-to multiplex for west Fort Worth. It has DLP digital presentation and recently added an auditorium with RaveXtreme: The Big Screen Experience, the floor-to-ceiling screen.

Comfort factor: Stadium seating, flip-up cup-holder armrests and a good amount of leg room.

Food: Standard concessions, plus hot food such as chicken tenders and pretzels.

Parking: The mall parking lot provides plenty of spaces.

You should also know: The theater offers a $5 discount for members of the military, children and seniors every day.

5. AMC The Parks at Arlington

3861 S. Cooper St., Arlington

www.amctheatres.com

Screens: 18

Movies: New releases

The reel deal: The Parks is a large multiplex that offer digital presentations and shows IMAX films in the largest auditorium.

Comfort factor: Stadium seating with plenty of leg room and flip-up cup-holder armrests.

Food/drink: Standard concessions, plus made-to-order beverages such as smoothies, espresso drinks and shakes and a MacGuffins bar and lounge area near the IMAX auditorium.

Parking: Mall parking, with the closest option being the second level of the garage near JCPenney.

You should also know: The theater is located just above the mall's ice-skating rink, so you can watch the action before the film or go for a skate after.

6. Harkins Southlake

1450 Plaza Place, Southlake

(Southlake Town Square)

www.harkinstheatres.com

Screens: 14

Movies: Mainstream movies.

The reel deal: The only Texas location of the Arizona-based Harkins theater chain, the Southlake location features stadium seating in 13 of its auditoriums and the Cine Capri concept in the other. Cine Capri boasts a 30-foot-by-70-foot screen and 30,000 watts of digital sound in a 600-seat auditorium. And it's only 50 cents more for the experience.

Comfort factor: Stadium seating with Ultimate Rocker loveseats.

Food/drink: Concessions include pizza, chicken tenders, candy and popcorn. Moviegoers can purchase a Loyalty Cup ($5) and receive $1.50 drink refills through the end of the year. The Loyalty T-Shirt ($25) offers moviegoers free popcorn through the end of the year.

Parking: Southlake Town Square lots and garages.

You should also know: The in-lobby children's PlayCenter, for ages 3-8, features games, books, toys and movies. Professional supervision is provided. Cost is $6 per child, walk-ups are welcome, and reservations are recommended.

7. Starplex Cinemas Lake Worth

6600 N.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth

www.starplexcinemas.com

Screens: 14

Movies: Mainstream new releases.

The reel deal: All the trappings of a relatively new theater -- digital presentation, RealD 3D -- but at a lower price. It's $5 for all shows before 6 p.m. and for children/seniors after 6 p.m., and $7 for adults after 6 p.m.

Comfort factor: Stadium seating with flip-up armrests.

Food/drink: Standard concessions: popcorn, candy, soft drinks, bottled water and $1 hot dog specials.

Parking: Plenty for this stand-alone theater located across Quebec Street from a busy shopping center.

You should also know: After 9 p.m., anyone 16 or younger must have a parent or legal adult guardian, 21 or older, accompany them to any show.

8. AMC Palace

220 E. Third St., Fort Worth

www.amctheatres.com

Screens: 9

Movies: Mainstream new releases.

The reel deal: Opened in summer 1996, the Palace shared the Sundance Square neighborhood in downtown Fort Worth with the AMC Sundance 11, located a few blocks away on Houston Street. The Sundance 11 closed in January 2008, which makes the Palace the only downtown moviegoing option for new releases. It features three levels with escalators, stadium seating and digital projection.

Food/drink: Standard concession candy, popcorn and soft drinks.

Parking: The best option is the neighboring Sundance Square garage, which accepts validation from the theater.

You should also know: It is home to the annual Lone Star Film Festival in November.

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