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DFW silver screen playbook: Arthouse/specialty

Posted 1:35pm on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013


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REGION: ARTHOUSES/SPECIALTY

1. Angelika Dallas

5321 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas (in Mockingbird Station)

angelikafilmcenter.com

Screens: 8

Movies: A mix of high-quality mainstream movies with lesser-known, foreign and indie films.

The reel deal: One of the three main theaters for arthouse movies in Dallas County, this is the place to catch the more talked-about mainstream and indie films without the headaches of dealing with a huge mall. It offers digital in all auditoriums but no IMAX capability. And the Angelika does tend to shy away from underground, experimental and low-budget indie films (they're more likely to be shown at the Texas Theater).

Comfort: Not especially luxurious, but auditoriums are the standard stadium arrangement.

Food/drink: Sandwiches and desserts from Breadwinners, as well as beer and wine in the downstairs cafe, and the usual popcorn and candy at the upstairs concession.

Parking: In the Mockingbird Station garage, which can get crowded at peak times.

You should also know: Avoid parking hassles by taking DART (the train stops at Mockingbird Station) or, if you do drive, there's usually parking in the DART park-and-ride lot, so you can avoid the narrow, ding-me-please spaces at Mockingbird Station.

2. Landmark Magnolia

3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas

landmarktheatres.com

Screens: 5

Movies: Arthouse, independent and mainstream.

The reel deal: One of the prime hubs for arthouse and indie films in the Metroplex, this is the one spot in Uptown devoted to more than just eating and drinking.

Comfort: Very good. The auditoriums were recently remodeled.

Food/drink: Personal pizzas from Campisi's, egg rolls, empanadas, naan with hummus, sweet potato tots and a full bar

Parking: Garages at West Village and behind Max's Wine Dive across McKinney Avenue. Be warned: Parking on weekend nights can be murder.

You should also know: It's the site of cool film festivals, such as the Asian Film Festival of Dallas and some screenings for the Dallas International Film Festival.

3. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth

themodern.org

Screens: 1

Movies: Arthouse and independent films.

The reel deal: The only place in Tarrant County that exclusively shows arthouse fare with its Magnolia at the Modern screenings on weekends, for which films are booked that might never play Tarrant County otherwise. The museum's intimate 250-seat theater has digital capability and great sound, but there are only showtimes Friday through Sunday, and often the films have already opened in Dallas a few weeks prior.

Comfort: Excellent. With its museum setting and the prohibition on bringing food into the auditorium, audiences tend to be quieter than at the local megaplex.

Food/drink: The lovely Café Modern is inside the museum.

Parking: Street and lots.

You should also know: The museum also hosts many other film-related events, like our Oscar Watching Party on Sunday (see Page 17) and its Movies That Matter series coming in June.

4. Landmark Inwood

5458 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas

landmarktheatres.com

Screens: 3

Movies: Aside from midnight movies on weekends, it's all mainstream films and very occasionally something off the beaten path.

The reel deal: Built in 1947, the Inwood looks and feels like a classic theater (with DLP digital projection and sound). The lobby ceiling and murals alone are worth the price of admission. The midnight movie series, showing cult classics like The Room and Groundhog Day, is a Dallas mainstay. This used to be the main place for alternative cinema in Dallas but, with the Magnolia and Angelika in the market, the Inwood's mission is now more Identity Thief than Amour.

Comfort: Good, especially in the main auditorium, where couches and love seats replaced standard theater seating. The smaller auditoriums feel more like screening rooms.

Food/drink: The usual, but the attached bar, called The Lounge at the Inwood, is a way-cool retro hangout and you don't need to buy a movie ticket to enjoy it.

Parking: Big lot in front.

You should also know: There are many eateries within walking distance for a pre- or post-film nosh.

5. Angelika Plano

7205 Bishop Road, Plano (at The Shops at Legacy)

angelikafilmcenter.com

Number of screens: 5

Movies: A mix of Hollywood and arthouse.

The reel deal: The only place for alternative cinema in Collin County, this location saves movie fans the drive into Dallas. (If only there were one of these in Fort Worth!) The theaters have digital capabilities in all auditoriums, but no IMAX. And the Plano Angelika loses out on some of the edgier films, which may be booked into the Dallas Angelika instead.

Comfort: Slightly newer than Angelika Dallas, this theater has a huge lounge area, though the bar is not as big as at the Dallas original.

Food/drink: In addition to the usual snacks, the theater has what it calls "light gourmet fare" made in-house and pastries from Main Street Bakery and Breadwinners.

Parking: In the Shops at Legacy garages, which can get packed at peak times.

You should also know: You can just hang out in the bar/cafe without having to see a movie.

6. Texas Theatre

231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas

thetexastheatre.com

Screens: 1

Movies: Ultra-indie films that would find no other home in the Metroplex outside of film festivals.

The reel deal: A true independent, the Texas is a historic venue with an extremely eclectic lineup of hard-to-find films, mainstream fare and even occasionally live music. It's also home to the annual Oak Cliff Film Festival. The place can show films digitally but often shows classics in new 35mm prints.

Comfort: OK. There's no stadium seating and leg space isn't great, but it makes up in history what it lacks in state-of-the-art amenities.

Food: Not much beyond the basics. The bar, on the other hand, is a cool hangout.

Parking: Street parking.

You should also know: Not only is this the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, but the theater was once owned by Howard Hughes.

7. Cinema Latino de Fort Worth

4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth

(inside La Gran Plaza)

cinemalatino.com

Screens: 8

Movies: The latest blockbusters shown in English with Spanish subtitles or dubbed into Spanish.

The reel deal: The prime Spanish-language multiplex in the region, it has digital and 3-D capability. Essentially, if you want to see a current Hollywood movie in Spanish, this is the place. But at a recent screening, we were the only ones in the auditorium. Management had to be reminded to start the film -- 15 minutes after it was supposed to start.

Comfort: Pretty basic, aging interior. It's like going to see a movie in the '80s.

Food/drink: Some Latin candies, like Pulparindo, spice up the snack counter.

Parking: Plenty available in the shopping center.

You should also know: It's part of a nationwide chain aimed at Spanish-speaking filmgoers.

8. Hollywood Theaters MacArthur Marketplace 16

8505 Walton Blvd., Irving

gohollywood.com

Number of screens: 16

Movies: Mainstream Hollywood spiced with selections from South Asia.

The reel deal: Where Bollywood meets Hollywood. This theater shows as many as five films from the Indian subcontinent a week, making Hollywood Theaters and the FunAsia complexes in Irving and Richardson the prime spots to see Indian films in the Metroplex. All the films are subtitled in English, and RealD 3D is available in some auditoriums.

Comfort: The auditoriums are expansive, offering lots of leg and elbow room.

Food/drink: Generic concession fare, although the place sometimes offer samosas, but it treats them like a state secret -- they're not listed on the menu and you have to ask for them.

Parking: A huge outdoor lot in front. It's Texas, remember.

You should also know: Admission is on the pricey side, $12-$15, even for early showings. Be sure to check the website to learn something about the Indian film you want to see, as there's not much to go on once you get to the theater.

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