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But I thought it wasn’t Mann’s to sell. Were they not leasing it?
Or how about the American Cinematheque?
Truely a sad loss. This was my favorite theatre in LA and it represented its era of spectacle: Giant Screen! Big Sound! Larger than life! Movie going as an event!. The Village is great and all, but it will never match the National in terms of wide-screen spectacle. It is sad that is seems a building of this era cannot be protected. If the Village or Chinese were threatened by demolition, there would be angry demonstrations and calls to protect a “classic theatre”. Not so for the National. Just a small group of fans who came to the last show and were lucky that the management let us snap some pictures.
Regency Theatres, can you rescue this one?
April 19th was a sad night. I attended the final screening at the National and was surprised by number of cinema-philes who turned out (with their cameras as well). I took a bunch of photos that I will try to get over to Cinematour in the next couple of weeks. The National’s presentation was flawless, of course (too bad the movie wasn’t better), putting any other theatre to shame. The explosions in the film reminded me of the first film I saw there, “Saving Private Ryan”, and how much in awe I was of the presentation!
Final show tonight! “Shooter” 10:10 PM. Dolby Digital THX. I will be there. Hope everyone can join.
I plan on being there tonight as well. Hope everyone can join.
RIP National. My favorite Los Angeles theatre is going dark.
Since people are making suggestions on what one could do with it I might as well:
Turn it into a 21 and older movie pub/bar (helps pay the rent) and keep the 70’s decor. Then use the National and its giant screen and superb presentaion to show classic 70mm films and other rep programming.
Just a dream. Guess I am gradually being forced to going to multiplexes….
Has this closing been confirmed by Mann?
Bummer! Cinematour recently posted shots I took in summer 2006.
Per IMDB website under trivia for “Zodiac”:
“David Fincher decided to use the Thomson Viper FilmStream camera to shoot the entire film, making this the first feature film shot exclusively with the camera, and in the uncompressed digital video format. Zodiac is the first "Hollywood Studio Production” shot with the VIPER and in an uncompressed digital “data” Format. The first ever shot feature Film shot entirely with the VIPER is the British independent production Silence Becomes You (2005) by director Stephanie Sinclaire. After Silence Becomes You, other independent European Movie-Productions like Highlander: The Source (2007) (director Brett Leonard) and Scorpion (2007) (director: Julien Seri) have used the same work flow."
Confusion must have been that this was the forst time for this particular camera.
The Tacoma Public Library has some great pictures of the Tacoma Mall Theatre including the grand opening gala, lobby replete with the famous chandeliers, and auditorium (pre-split) with its deep curved screen:
Yes, what about Star Wars II & III, Superman Returns…
Sad. No wonder they booked “Shooter” at the Bruin and “TMNT” at the Festival (both smaller theatres) this past weekend and moved “Zodiac” over to the National. Too bad there is no preservation protection for theatres of this era.
Question for anyone who remembers this theatre:
In the pictures on the FilmTech website:
In the picture of the big auditorium there is a blue glow around the screen and that lights up lines of what could appear to be a GCC trademark “Shadowbox”/“Picture Window” screen. I was told in a thread on Cinematour that it was blue felt masking the screen. However was that blue felt applied to a shadowbox screen with fixed 2:35 masking or is there no shadowbox and a standard adjustable aspect ratio masking that happens to be made of blue felt?
Another from the 80’s on FilmTech (along with the kaleidascope one we have all seen):
Look under “Videos” if it is not in the recent warehouse additions any longer.
I saw Rocky VI there back in January and it is the same. Personally for me I like the retro 60’s interior just the way it is. Part of it’s charm. The only thing I would do is put in new seats and paint the ceiling.
This week you can see “Zodiac” at the National. It moved over from the Bruin. Now you watch the movie at the theatre where filmed scenes! Too bad they didn’t just open “Zodiac” at the National. In earlier days they probably would have as its a Paramount Picture. Now the National just seems to get the leftovers and the move-overs. Sad.
The Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre has a long lost cousin in Lakewood CA! In 1968 Pacific Theatres opened an identical theatre to the Tacoma Mall Theatre in Lakewood, California. And it still exists. Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I think United Theatres, a Pacific Theatres company, built the Tacoma Mall theatre.
The same chandeliers that graced the Tacoma Mall Twin during its life STILL HANG at Pacific’s Lakewood Center 16! The 2 theatres have had rather different lives however. Where Tacoma Mall Theatre’s auditorium was twinned (one big, one medium sized) the Lakewood kept its large 1200 seat auditorium intact and added screens in 1974 and 1999 resulting in a 16-plex.
I have not been in the theatre, but peeked in the lobby windows before business hours and saw the chandeliers, the curved lobby, similar box office, everything that would make fans of the old Tacoma Mall Twin feel nostalgic. I hope to get down to see a film someday. Hopefully they have not altered the large auditorium too much so I can see what Tacoma’s was like before twinning.
Here is a link to a newspaper article that shows a model for the Lakewood (look familiar?):
Here is Cinematour’s photo and detailsof the Lakewood: (again, look familiar?):
I found other photos on some website, both old and new (including the inside of the large auditorium!), however, since they are not my property I shouldn’t post them. I will try to find the link again.
Although I personally cannot make a statement on this, several Directors of Photography that I have worked with have commented that Digital cannot yet match the rich color saturation that film offers.
I have never been too happy with any digital presentation I have seen. Part of this is because of how hyper real it is without the flicker, etc. But part of me is just nostalgic and old fashioned. I love movies, warts and all! Scratches, reel markers, hisses, pops and all! ANything that reminds me that I am watching film and not video.
Digital Cinema will never be 70mm.
Wow Paul! I would love to see them. First, have you sent them into Cinematour? I know they would love to post them. Second, would you be happen to be a Mac person and know how to drop photos on an iDisk? I am also going to shoot you an email…