Studio Movie Grill
2003 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
Studio Movie Grill|
4721 W Park Blvd
Plano TX 75093
|Record #4987 |
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Berkeley Square 8|
| Previously operated by: United Artists Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Mark Richey.
Four months after the Preston Park opened, UA opened (as their ad proclaimed) their "first" (and, as it turns out, only) theater in Plano, the Berkeley Square 8 across Park Blvd. It was the only one of the multiplexes to actually be built inside a shopping center instead of as a stand-alone.
Opening day was March 21, 1986 (after a sneak preview the night before). First day shows were "Back to the Future", "Hannah & Her Sisters", "The Color Purple", "Sleeping Beauty", "Murphyís Romance", "The Care Bears Movie II", "Just Between Friends", and "Police Academy III".
It wasnít a great theater, but a couple of events stand out in my mind. Itís were I saw my first R-rated film legally, when I went to see "The Paper" a couple months after I turned 17. Itís also where I saw my first R-rated film after that birthday ("Schindlerís List") but that doesnít count, since I went with my mom. Also, during the holiday season 1997, we arrived at the Cinemark Tinseltown to discover that just about everything remotely decent had been sold out. We drove out to the Berkeley, where we had no problems getting tickets to "As Good As It Gets".
The theaterís first incarnation lasted until July 29, 1999. The final shows as a UA theater were "Deep Blue Sea", "Drop Dead Gorgeous", "Muppets From Space", "Big Daddy", "The Generalís Daughter", "Tarzan", "An Ideal Husband", and "Notting Hill".
After much renovation, it reopened on April 7, 2000, as the Studio Movie Grill. Run by Brian Schultz, the founder and former manager of the Granada Cinema íní Drafthouse, it featured only three movies opening day, "American Beauty", "Reindeer Games" and "Return to Me". Studio Movie Grill has since taken over the Granada location at Prestonwood as well.
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