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markinthedark commented about Happy 30th, Star Wars! on May 27, 2007 at 7:33 am

Here is my Star Wars history:

I was 7 years old when it came out….

1&2: Roxy Theatre (twice), Tacoma WA (now the Pantages)
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=9998

3: UA Cinema 150 (RIP), Seattle WA (70mm)
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2593.html

4: Narrows Theatre, Tacoma WA
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5: Lakewood Theatre, Lakewood WA (1982 Reissue)
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/11164.html

  1. Cinedome Cinema 150 (formerly UA) 70MM (1991 Children’s Hospital charity showing)
    http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2593.html

The Special Edition (UGH!):

  1. Act III Crossroads 8, Bellevue WA – Dolby Digital THX

  2. Act III Supermall Stadium 17, Auburn WA – Dolby Digital THX

  3. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, CA – Dolby Digital (2007 showing)
    http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2993
    (I was hoping this would be the original version, but it wasn’t. They had made no indication on their website or Calendar as to which version it was).

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 19, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Nice to see a gathering of people around the box office…

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 18, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Does anyone know if they have changed the “Mann” sign that is perched in top of the “National” sign. I am out of town for a month and it is driving me crazy to not be able see what they have done to my favorite theatre!

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 18, 2007 at 2:31 pm

I love bad movies. I actually own Yor on Laser Disc….

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 14, 2007 at 9:19 pm

I cannot believe “Yor: The Hunter From the Future” played at the National. Oh if I were able to go back in time…

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markinthedark commented about iPic Westwood on May 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm

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.

Thanks!

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markinthedark commented about iPic Westwood on May 11, 2007 at 7:21 pm

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?

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markinthedark commented about Mann National Theatre to reopen this week on May 10, 2007 at 4:32 am

Good News! Hope it works out!

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 8, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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…

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 7, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Too bad they didn’t keep it and book Spider Man 3 there, staggering showtimes with The Village.

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markinthedark commented about When will retro be more in style? on May 5, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Adam has posted my closing night shots of the national on Cinematour.

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2134.html

And somebody on Cinema Treasures claims the National will reopen under a new operator on May 11th. True? or speculation?

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 5, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Adam has posted my closing night shots of the national on Cinematour.

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2134.html

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on May 5, 2007 at 7:46 am

Thats great news if it’s true. But if Mann couldn’t make it work…

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 24, 2007 at 10:48 pm

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.

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 24, 2007 at 10:11 pm

But I thought it wasn’t Mann’s to sell. Were they not leasing it?

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markinthedark commented about When will retro be more in style? on Apr 22, 2007 at 12:25 am

Or how about the American Cinematheque?

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markinthedark commented about When will retro be more in style? on Apr 22, 2007 at 12:22 am

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?

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 21, 2007 at 8:49 pm

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!

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 20, 2007 at 12:10 am

Final show tonight! “Shooter” 10:10 PM. Dolby Digital THX. I will be there. Hope everyone can join.

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markinthedark commented about Mann National goes dark on Apr 20, 2007 at 12:07 am

I plan on being there tonight as well. Hope everyone can join.

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 19, 2007 at 3:32 am

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markinthedark commented about Mann National goes dark on Apr 19, 2007 at 3:32 am

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markinthedark commented about Mann National goes dark on Apr 19, 2007 at 2:51 am

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….

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markinthedark commented about Mann National goes dark on Apr 19, 2007 at 2:50 am

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….

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Has this closing been confirmed by Mann?