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Regent Highland Park Village Closing


by Stephen Becker 13 Aug 2009

If you’ve been a regular at the Regent Theater at Highland Park Village, today is your last chance to catch a movie there for the near future. Regent Releasing, the Dallas-based distributor, had been leasing the theater from Henry S. Miller. When the shopping center was sold a few months ago, the lease deal ended. […]

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If you’ve been a regular at the Regent Theater at Highland Park Village, today is your last chance to catch a movie there for the near future.

Regent Releasing, the Dallas-based distributor, had been leasing the theater from Henry S. Miller. When the shopping center was sold a few months ago, the lease deal ended. A spokesperson for Regent says that the distributor does not know the future of the theater.

With the theater’s closing, a piece of the local movie landscape is now missing. Regent concentrated on world cinema, bringing some titles to town that didn’t play at the Angelika or Landmark theaters. The Regent also freqently showed gay-themed films.

But the theater also had its problems. On the one hand, who can argue with a theater that serves Paciugo in its lobby? On the other, walking up the stairs to those theaters that time seemed to have passed by got old quick.

I’ll always remember the Regent for the time I stood outside for more than an hour on the coldest night of the year awaiting the arrival of Paris Hilton. The socialite was in town to debut her new film, The Hottie and the Nottie. After chatting up Paris on the red carpet, I could hardly write down any notes my hands were so cold. That was one night when I didn’t mind walking up those stairs into the warm movie theater.

UPDATE: The Park Cities People says the theater will reopen in spring 2010 after undergoing a renovation.

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  • Jennifer

    Glad they’re renovating — that place was a DUMP and that’s the reason it was the last theater I would consider going to.

  • Christian Bradford

    I certainly hope the renovation doesn’t alter the the layout of the theaters too much. Highland Village is my favorite place to watch films that benefit from a sense of intimacy, be it a Japanese drama or the latest Pixar production. I understand few people would want to watch Transformers there, but there should be a place for both cineplexes and cinema houses in Dallas.

  • miranda

    You didn’t walk up the stairs to the theaters. The stair were the exit. There was an escalator to go upstairs and an elevator. The only time the stairs were use as an entrance were for special screenings

    I am really sad about the closing. They always had a great mix of films. And they can boast that they showed the lowest grossing film ever.

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20011268,00.html

  • Sarah

    So sad. The last of the intimate Theaters. Can’t wait for the re-opening.