National Twin

3512 S. Staples Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Nation Twin (2012) - 3

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The National Twin was opened by National General Corporation in 1970.

Mann Theatres acquired the NGC properties in 1973.

Long-run hits to play here included "Star Wars" in 1977 (16 weeks).

It was closed around 1990, and became a Sinai Evangelistic Center.

Contributed by Michael Coate

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Coate
Coate on October 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm

They were built and initially operated by the same company (NGC). The difference was that the Nationals in New York and Los Angeles were built as large, single screeners whereas the National in Corpus Christi was built as a twin.

Anyone know of any other Nationals built circa 1968-1972?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm

The Spartan Twin (later Spartan 3) in Lansing, Michigan opened as a NGC theater during this period; it is now demolished, after having been operated by Mann and finally UA.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Though never having been inside, I imagine the Fox Buena Vista (in Tucson) and the Fox Twin (in Lubbock) were similar to the National Theatres since NGC was Fox Theatres prior to becoming NGC.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Also, Fox Eastern, later NGC, opened the single screen Fox Village (later just the Village) in Ann Arbor, MI. in 1967.

Coate
Coate on October 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

It’s funny how questions get (mis)interpreted. In my question from yesterday, I was asking about theaters specifically with the name “National,” not any theaters built by National General Corporation. But it’s all good info just the same, guys!

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on April 9, 2012 at 12:28 am

From what I am reading is that National General originally built this theatre as a twin. If that is what I am reading there were very very few theatres that NGC specifically built as a twin, because Mann did a lot of twinning. This theatre does look very similar to the Fox VIllage in Tuscon,

blittlefield
blittlefield on May 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I managed the National Twin in 1971/72. It was built as a twin and was beautiful with good presentation. I opened the Cypress Village in 1969 which was the last single screen theatre built by National General. I also worked at National General theatres in Lansing, Ann Arbor, Tucson and Lubbock. Of those only the Spartin was built as a twin. This was a very impressive theatre in it’s day.

Coate
Coate on May 3, 2012 at 2:40 am

blittlefield: “I opened the Cypress Village in 1969 which was the last single screen theatre built by National General.”

National General built at least one other single-screener after Cypress Village: the National in Los Angeles, which opened in March of 1970.

oyveyzmeir
oyveyzmeir on November 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

Saw Earthquake, Superman and Star Wars here as a child. Whilst I recall Superman and Star Wars being mono, Earthquake was in full-on Sensurround. I remember being given a Kryptonite rock leaving the Superman showing. Might have been the premiere? An excellent neighborhood theater, wish it were still around.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater