Heights Theatre

4137 W. Rosedale Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Previously operated by: Community Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Capri Theatre, Borzoi Theater

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The Heights Theatre was opened November 23, 1947 with Felix Blanchard in “The Spirit of West Point”. On February 26, 1960 it was renamed Capri Theatre. Later presenting adult movies and then Spanish language movies. It was last renamed Borzoi Theater, screening foreign art house movies from April 15, 1977 until December 31, 1977. It ended its life as a run down, old theatre when I saw it around 1979-80. It had reverted back to its original Heights Theatre name. They showed double bills of classic movies.

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kencmcintyre on November 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm

It looks like a freeway offramp runs right through the former location of this theater.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Yes, I remember when this theater was torn down when they were widening the freeway. There was quite a few buildings in that side of the freeway that are now gone. If I can find it, I still have a piece of the blueish tile that was part of the facade of the building.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

The reason for the name, more than likely, was due to it being in a suburb called Arlington Heights, just West of Fort Worth.

samaustin on August 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

My family operated the Heights from the early 1980s until it was demolished to widen the West Freeway. The theater opened in 1939, ad the Heights Theatre, and later operated as the Capri, and the Borzoi. When we took over the operation, we went back to the original name. WE ran classic films, foreign films and special features, including small-scale film festivals. For many years, the heights offered an alternative for a large group of loyal patrons, at very low cost. We never made much of a profit running the place, but it kept another fine little theater going for a few more years.

oldfwvet on February 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I grew up in the fort Worth suburb of Arlington, I had gone to the Heights theater in the 1950s.I had fond memories of seeing old films such as Buck Rodgers science fiction serial showings each week! This was my first introduction to Science Fiction that placed me on the path to reading it for life. I had moved away from Fort Worth in the late 60’s, and was sad to find out it was torn down to make room for the re-vamped Highway 30.This place and the corner drug store, with its great soda fountain & the paid record machine of which my older sister and I played Chuck Berry & Jimmy Reed songs. Those were great simpler times we had lived in. Thanks for the memories!!

Heightsfan on August 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I remember this theater well. It was very important to me from around 1978 to 1981. Still living at home, I would drive in from Bedford to sit in the “balcony” (if there weren’t too many smokers) and allow “The Heights” to widen my cinematic horizons. I can’t tell you how many classic and foreign films I first saw there. It was definitely at the Clover Lane exit. I remember buying a punch pass that got you 10 movies for the price of 8, or something like that. I was at college when I read that the Heights was showing its last film, “Gallipoli” I think it was. I still regret not making it back to say goodbye. Samaustin, I still have a picture in my head of the man who would most often take my ticket or punch my card, presumably you, or a family member. Thanks to you and your family for enriching my life.

rivest266 on June 24, 2018 at 11:03 am

This opened on November 23rd, 1947. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 13, 2020 at 1:09 am

Reopened as Capri on February 26th, 1960. Ad uploaded

dallasmovietheaters on March 1, 2021 at 6:29 am

After becoming the Capri Theatre on February 26, 1960 and tried second-run Hollywood fare to no success. Then the theatre switched to an “artistic adult” film theater. It then gravitated to an operation that switched between an adult theatre showing XXX films and it also became a Hispanic Theatre showing Spanish language films and hosting live events through 1976.

The Borzoi Theatre replaced the Capri as a repertory, double feature house launching April 15, 1977 with “8 ½” and “Cassonova ‘70.” The short-lived effort closed December 31, 1977. On April 21, 1978, the theatre relaunched as a repertory house under its original name, the Heights Theatre.

W.C. Austin gave it a run with “Gold Diggers of 1935” and the original “King Solomon’s Mine” on a double bill. The popular theatre had a productive final four months in 1983 hosting the public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” hosting the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Student Film Festival and having a high-profile charity film screening as one of its final shows. The Heights finally closed on May 8, 1983 The Heights sent theatre seats to the Ritz in Austin prior to its demolition in 1983. It also put the words, “Think Film” on the marquee for its demolition for the West Freeway expansion.

MichaelKilgore on December 31, 2022 at 5:58 pm

The April 4, 1960 issue of Boxoffice, found on Yumpu, told the story of three Texas Christian University students who pooled $2000 to reopen the Heights (previously closed for three years) as the Capri earlier in 1960. It summarized (or maybe just copied) Jack Gordon’s column in the Fort Worth Press.

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