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John Robert

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From: Addison, TX
Registered: Jan 2005

 - posted December 01, 2006 09:06 AM      Profile for John Robert   Email John Robert         Edit/Delete Post 
Apparently the Alamo Drafthouse deal didn't go through, while the new owners want to make it into retail...

Dallas Morning News article

Casa Linda Theater's next role: shopping space

11:03 PM CST on Thursday, November 30, 2006

By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

Developers have purchased the historic Casa Linda Theater and plan to convert the empty movie house into shopping space.

A partnership represented by Dallas' SC Companies recently acquired the 61-year-old cinema in northeast Dallas from a group of investors who had hoped to revive the theater.

The Spanish-style building at Buckner Boulevard and Garland Road anchors the Casa Linda shopping center and has been vacant for almost seven years.

The new owners plan to remodel and lease the 12,000-square-foot building to one or more tenants, Grey Stogner with SC Companies said Thursday.

"Right now we are doing some environmental abatement and demolition on the inside of the building and are marketing it to retailers," Mr. Stogner said. "We want to try and maintain the architectural integrity of the original theater."

Casa Linda Theater closed in 1999, a victim of changes in the cinema business. It was one of the last small neighborhood theaters operating in the Dallas area.

Since then, owners have considered converting the theater into a combination cinema and restaurant and other uses. But those deals never got off the ground.

County deed records show that the new owner, Woodstead Realty LP, bought the building in early November with a $7 million loan from Amegy Mortgage Co.

Mr. Stogner said tenants for the building would be lined up by early next year.

"It's a great area with tremendous demographics," he said.

"We're glad to be there."

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Mark Richey

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From: Fort Worth, TX
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It's sad, but when the deal to turn it into a cinema grill fell through, I figured that the movies would never return. I wonder if the new owners will finally take down the marquee on Garland Road, which has been proclaiming that “You've Got Mail" and "A Bug's Life" is now playing for years now.

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted December 11, 2006 10:33 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
I really wanted to get into that place for some detailed photos. My understanding of how it was chopped up made the place sound quite unique.

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