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Mann National may not be dead
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The sign pictured at right showed up this weekend in the ticket window of the shuttered Mann National in Westwood Village, calling into question reports of the big-screen movie house’s reported “date with the wrecking ball.”
As previously mentioned on LAO, the Mann National is one of a dwindling number of big-screen theaters still standing in LA. It’s a place where “The Exorcist opened to huge lines and ran what seemed like forever, and same for The Godfather.”
Perhaps this means it has achieved a stay of execution, as some had hoped would happen.
For now, all I know is that the sign says “Theatre opening Friday May 11th.”
*UPDATED: Mann Theatres no longer leases the theater building and referred questions about its operation to Tom Daugherty, who said during a brief telephone interview that he and a partner now hold the lease. Daugherty said the ticket window sign is correct, that the theatre will reopen this Friday (May 11) with The Ex, starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet.
Daugherty said movie goers can expect the theatre to continue to show first-run features, just as it did under Mann.
If my memory serves me correctly, this theatre and the old Broadway department store were torn down for the construction of the Wal-Mart now at the mall.
This theatre is in the process of getting remodeled. Gone is the marquee, the west box office is closed, and stadium seating is going in. I dont know what is going to happen to the two auditoriums with balconies.
Our AMC had a policy that a seat could be saved up until the trailers started, then the seat needed to be given up.
This area could support a larger theatre by the civic center. This area does get a lot of crowd from Magic mountain, and the northern San Fernando Valley, which near San Fernando doesnt have a single theatre. One 20 screen complex could compete with the others perfectly in this area.
It looks like it is going to be a mix of art and second run.
This theatre used to be part of the AMC Chain.
The original theatre opened up in the 80’s by AMC, a typical 10 plex they built during that time (same as Bubank, Chino, Plaza). They got rid of it around the late 90s when they pulled out of the market and Cinemark picked it up.
Looking at the website for the mall, the area where the theatres were are now used as storage for Target. Check out the above link and you can see the four theatres and emergency exits. The lobby was turned into a shop and hallway for access to this area.
This theatre has been demolished. Or at least, is in the process of being cut up for new mall stores.
Mark, are you talking about:
All AMC Theatres in the US are doing this.
Los Angeles most theatres except the prime locations (Century, Burbank, Universal, Santa Monica, etc) are $5, prime locations are $6 and Montebello is the sole $4 matinee theatre in Los Angeles.
Bob, I would like to see the pictures of old stonewood.
Im sure someone will snag up MainPlace again. It has competition, but book kids films and it still does good business being in the mall. It makes me sad to see this theatre close.
Apparently this theatre has been sold to Phoenix Theatres:
This theatre outlived the UA theatres in the Brea Mall, and across from the Brea mall. I went to see a movie there before it closed and didnt make it in time, but the theatre was dirty, ugly, and empty.
If it wasnt for the fact that it was in a bad location, barely visible from the 57 freeway, it would have made a great art house for Regal.
I meant Rosedale Center.
AMC looks to be building a new theatre at Roseville Center, thus closing the Har Mar 11.
The Metro station that was originally planned there was moved to the corner of Atlantic and 3rd St.
This was one of several similarly built theatres by Krikorian. They also had the same design at their:
Diamond Bar 8
El Cajon 8
Del Rosa (San Bernadino) 8
All these theatres were sold to Regal, and all have since been closed by Regal. Only this one is still showing movies.
Go to the local live website and you can view the building from all 4 angles. looking south you can really tell the roofline.
Is this the UA Torrnace?
Using http://local.live.com/ , is this the Rolling Hills Theatre?
A senior housing project is being built on the site of the Alhambra Place.
I saw many movies here as a kid before they opened the Atlantic Palace in the late 80’s.
Krikorian when they built Monrovia’s 12-plex with the LFX Screen, had an upstairs “sky bar” that was then converted to a coffee nook that never materialized then finally it just became a storage area. This was their first attempt at a flagship that just never materialized.
While Buena Park is the flagship, they picked the wrong location for it. Why Buena Park Mall. Any mall that has Sears and Wal-Mart for anchors is bound for trouble. The mall is half-empty with mostly mom and pop stores. Tower Records is to be moving in soon but the downstairs food court in the mall is dead, and not one shop is left downstairs in the mall (which at one point had exits to the back lot, only to later be closed off when the theatre was built).
Buena Park should have torn down the eyesore of a mall that should be doing great business, as it is at the edge of the Buena Park Entertainment District, and not to mention there is not a regional mall close by.