Best Independent Movie Theaters in Dallas, Texas

Summer’s near and the time is right … for going to the movies. And while there are plenty of megaplexes around Dallas-Fort Worth where movie-goers can escape the heat, adults may want an alternative to the teen-filled phone-fest that the latest installment of the Jackass series provides. Here’s a list of 3 independent theaters located in Dallas, Texas where patrons can enjoy a movie that makes one think as well as an “over-21” drink.

The Texas Theatre
Historic Oak Cliff
231 W. Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, Tx 75208
214-948-1546 (box office)
214-948-1525 (fax)
Free parking along Jefferson Blvd after 4pm (meters before 4pm are .25 cents/hr)

Bar hours:
Mon – Wed: 5pm – Midnight
Thur & Fri: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 3pm – 2am
Sunday: 3pm – Midnight

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, The Texas Theatre has a notorious & sometimes troubled past. Now it has overcome the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald & numerous brushes with destruction to emerge as one of Dallas’ newest independent theatres. And with movies such as the documentary My Perestroika, Hold (dir. Frank Mosley), and The People vs. George Lucas, independent really means independent. The Texas Theatre also hosts live music & live drama and features a full-service bar.

Angelika – Dallas
Mockingbird Station
5321 East Mockingbird Ln, Ste 230
Dallas, Tx 75206
Free parking garage next to theater

Cafe/Lounge hours:
15 minutes before the first movie of the day starts until 15 minutes after the last movie of the day starts

A viewer favorite since it was built in 2001, Angelika Dallas is conveniently located at the D.A.R.T. Light Rail Mockingbird Station. This 8-screen state-of-the-art complex features stadium seating & digital sound. Movies such as Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven or The Thin Red Line play alongside bigger budget films like Robert Redford’s The Conspirator or even The Hangover 2. There is also a cafe/lounge area serving espresso & treats, as well as beer & wine, before or after a film. And parents, be sure to check the event calendar on their website for special “Crybaby Matinee” times for select movies.

The Magnolia
West Village
3699 McKinney Ave, Ste 100
Dallas, Tx 75204
214-764-9106 (showtimes)
214-520-0394 (box office)
800 free parking spaces in parking garage

Bar hours:
Mon – Fri: 4pm – 11pm (karaoke Thurs nights)
Sat & Sun: 2pm – 11pm

Named “best movie theater in Dallas” in more than one poll, The Magnolia features 5 screens in the West Village Development of Uptown Dallas. As part of the Landmark Theatres chain, The Magnolia shows such films as the documentary of the life of Yves Saint Laurent, L’Amour Fou, & writer/director Tom Shadyac’s first non-fiction venture, I Am, as well as more mainstream fare like the Will Ferrell drama Everything Must Go and the rom-com Something Borrowed. Complimenting the theater is The Magnolia Bar, where the staff can mix cocktails that you are free to enjoy during your movie.

Hope this helps you find something to do outside the norm, and remember, always view (and drive) responsibly. MeSTM