Lights, Camera, Architecture!

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

The much-anticipated revamp of Dallas premiered last night, featuring a new generation of the Ewing clan scheming and schmoozing all over the city, from the Texas Skyway at Fair Park to The Cedars Social.  While the sweeping title sequence is modeled closely on the original series’ opening credits, some of Dallas’ newest landmarks now make an appearance — the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Cowboys Stadium, and the Omni Hotel.

Of course, Dallas isn’t the first showcase for its namesake city on screen.  ABC’s short-lived GCB featured the mansions of historic Swiss Avenue, and Fox’s The Good Guys was shot on location in Dallas. A number of feature films also have been shot in Dallas, including RoboCop, Bottle Rocket, and Office Space, not to mention documentaries like The Thin Blue Line. On July 19, Preservation Dallas will partner with the Dallas Museum of Art to present a special screening of The Store, about the flagship Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas.  The screening is part of the Museum’s Dallas on Film! summer film series, which highlights classic and contemporary films made in Dallas.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping my eye out for more notable buildings and landmarks on Dallas. . . perhaps a Ewing family shopping trip to NorthPark, a clandestine meeting on the steps of Old Red, or a midnight rendezvous on the shore of White Rock Lake?