The Denton Record-Chronicle reported earlier this afternoon that downtown Denton’s Fine Arts Theatre finally had a buyer, after years of serious longing to see the place revived. There’d been rumors that the members of Midlake had plans for it, that a newly-minted film archivist was moving back from New York after finishing school at Tisch to run it, that it would pick up where Rubber Gloves left off, or that Jason Lee would enact his long-feared monarchal reign over the city of Denton and the theatre would become his palace. Reading the article one could still assume that any of this was true. Seems the building’s co-owner Keitha McBride could not remember the names of the people she sold it to. Suspense mounted.
Now, Denton will see its own Alamo Drafthouse open soon, and Movie Tavern already expanded to eight screens. These theaters sit on opposite sides of University in their respective concrete wastelands. (The first is walking distance to Wal-Mart in the Rayzor Ranch development, and the second in a weird pocket around the corner from Kroger.) A downtown theater — a downtown art house theater — is something residents have wanted for a long time.