January 18, 2008
Movie Patrons with
Tickets find doors locked.
Colleyville's Metro Cinema touted as the only 3D
Imax in Tarrant County is on lock down
Brandon Bunn of Grapevine shown above, said he
purchased online tickets a couple of days ago. "We
came over a few days back and the movie we wanted to
see was virtually sold out, the staff told us we
could go online and purchase tickets. They
told us the tickets could be used anytime."
Apparently Friday night the tickets
were now a souvenir of Colleyville's great theater
In addition to the financial problems, LNO reported
the owner of Metro Cinema has had a number of
brushed with local law enforcement. LNO reported on
December 23, 2007 the following:
WILLIAM EDWARD BALDRIDGE, 42, of
5606 Stanford in Dallas. Colleyville PD - DRIVING
WHILE INTOXICATED With Open Alcohol Container.
Arrested at 5655 Colleyville Boulevard at 1:02 AM on
12/15/07 by Officer Brian Thorne. Baldridge lists
his occupation as Owner of Metro Cinema. His
vehicle was not towed. Cash Bond; released at 1:05
PM on 12/15/07.
Baldridge was arrested on December 15, 2007
outside his theater.
Local News Only.com, "LNO"
learned Friday morning that Metro Cinema's software
system had literally been repossed on Thursday
afternoon around 3:50 pm. LNO attempted to
reach the owner of the theater William Baldridge at his
Trimark Realty office and his personal cell phone.
Trimark's office said Baldridge would
be in later however he did not return LNO's call.
Baldridge's cell phone did not answer and announced
the mailbox was full.
Another confused patron is
confounded about not being able to use her
pre-purchased tickets at the darken theater.
LNO reported on potential financial troubles of the
theater in the following article:
September 15, 2007 Colleyville
Chilling out at the Metro Cinema with fine films,
dining, and cocktails may turn out to be as much of
an illusion as what appeared on the screen...
The article reported on
Baldrige's arrest for assault and the fact a number
of the employees paychecks had been reported as
returned for not sufficient funds. At that
Baldridge, the entrepreneur behind the theater
spoke to LNO's Editor saying; "The financial
principals behind the theater are solid and continue
to be committed."
The theater has been
plagued with financial problems and employees
reported they were still experiencing "bounced
checks." A number of the employees complained
to the Colleyville Police Department and were
informed they would have to take up their concerns
with the Tarrant County District Attorney.
The theater has also
left some local businesses without payment for
advertising, including LNO.
closing of the theater is a blow to hopes the
operation could draw patrons to Colleyville's
Hwy 26 corridor already plagued by multiple empty
The web site linked
above is still online, however, when clicking on
tickets and show times, the site no longer is