1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.
Firms: Pettigrew & Worley
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: New Forest Theatre, Black Forest Theatre
Located near the Fair Park district on what was Forest Avenue. The Forest Theatre opened July 30, 1949 with Ray Milland & Jean Peters in “It Happens Every Spring”. It briefly closed in February 1956 and reopened March 1, 1956 as an African-American theatre. By December 1958 it was operating on weekends only. It closed as a movie theatre September 27, 1965. It became a ballroom and later a nightclub. In 2003, it was being leased and hopefully rescued by recording artist Eryka Badu and was renamed Black Forest Theatre in 2004 which operated until 2008. It has a unique and magnificent towering vertical sign with lots of neon and the classic ball on the top, but sadly has been dark for many years.
The Forest Theatre is a remarkable example of the time when a builder would see how well something could be constructed rather than how quick. It needs work but is a survivor. The Forest Theatre is located in Dallas at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Interstate 45.
It was being renovated in 2023 with a reopening planned for December 2024 by the Forest Forward group.
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