National Twin

3512 S. Staples Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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rivest266 on March 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Google 3D model now has a “for lease” sign on the building, which had seen better days.

oyveyzmeir on November 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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.

Coate on May 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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.

blittlefield on May 2, 2012 at 12:17 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.

JoelWeide on April 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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,

Coate on October 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

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!

CSWalczak on October 27, 2009 at 9:28 am

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

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Scott Neff on October 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

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 on October 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

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.

Coate on October 26, 2009 at 12:37 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?

fred1 on October 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

There was a Mann’s National twin In NYC Times Square