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I cannot believe “Yor: The Hunter From the Future” played at the National. Oh if I were able to go back in time…
Does anyone out there have pictures of the Avco’s original main auditorium?
Also, Michael: When you get the pictures William is telling us about on your site please make announcements on Cinematour and Cinema Treasures so we can know when to look.
Michael, I know it would be wildly long, but could you post that compete list of the National on your site or under the National’s thread on this site?
Good News! Hope it works out!
Bad location compared to Village, bad parking, underappreciation of vintage 60’s/70’s decor, can’t hold a film as long as the Avco, especially since Mann has hardly any screens left to move a film to…
Too bad they didn’t keep it and book Spider Man 3 there, staggering showtimes with The Village.
Adam has posted my closing night shots of the national on Cinematour.
And somebody on Cinema Treasures claims the National will reopen under a new operator on May 11th. True? or speculation?
Thats great news if it’s true. But if Mann couldn’t make it work…
As much as the National is in need of an upgrade comfort-wise, there is a part of me that likes it the way it is. It is a perfectly preserved represtation of its era for design etc. As I look through my photos I took, the ones of the front row seats make me think that at some time some fan sat in that chair to see the latest Indiana Jones in 70mm. I know that it is probably not viable to preserve the theatre as is, but it has character and a real sense of time. The kind of place that many of us growing up in the 70’s and 80’s learned to love (and want to work in) movies.
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…