National Theatre

10925 Lindbrook Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Googling, I found permission sought last year for a 34 unit apartment building with retail on ground floor & 2 floors of basement parking.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Looks like they’re building apartments or offices on the lot where this theatre once was.

Richie_T
Richie_T on January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Just recognized the National in all its living glory while watching David Fincher’s Zodiac. The house is packed with a 70s era audience while Dirty Harry plays on the big screen. The lobby is also featured as the film lets out. Check it out if you’re feeling nostalgic.

trevor1331
trevor1331 on August 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I was hired as an usher during the initial run of “Exorcist” and became the National’s AM for several years during the 1970s. CRAZY place filled with CRAZY people. It was glorious!

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I was in Westwood about a week ago and saw men working in the lot where the National stood, so it looks like they might actually be ready to build something there… five and a half years after they tore it down.

Damon Packard
Damon Packard on April 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I’ve just written a script called WESTWOOD NIGHTS set at the NATIONAL in ‘85. An 80’s American Graffiti. It will likely never get made but just thought I’d mention it

Floresaj
Floresaj on August 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Man what a loss… I was at opening night here for Krull, Star Trek The Motion Picture, and bunches of others, My home theater was the Village, but this was a special place!

William
William on May 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Yes, it is Regan’s window box. They installed a fan to blow the curtains. It was done by Warner Bros. PR department.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Is that Regan’s bedroom window with the curtains blowing around on the side wall of the theater? Nice touch of showmanship.

HornerJack
HornerJack on January 17, 2012 at 7:21 am

NOW I remember where I saw “The Exorcist”! Thanks!

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on January 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

A big thanks to markinthedark for the latest batch of photos taken on the National’s last night.

Heartbreaking.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on July 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The photos newly added just want to make me cry. We will never have theatres like this ever again. I love the newly added photos from the early 70’s.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on July 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Many THANKS to ‘hollywood90038’ for the photography of the demolition of the National. While it is indeed sad to see this theatre torn down, it is important that all aspects of the theatre be documented when ever possible. I sincerely hope that will all that iron in the frame of the National that it was recycled into another structure and not simply sold to a salvage yard.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on July 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Ross, thats a great article in the ‘Curbed!’ Best way yet I’ve seen to remember a former theatre, hope that idea catches on!!!

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Thanks Joel! CinemaTour is an amazing site. Here’s a photo you must see in Curbed Los Angeles.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I wish I had been taking pictures of the National over the years before it closed. It had one of the best marquees of any theatre. If you took Gayley into the village from Wilshire the National greeted you. The marquee was so large that any graphics really stood out. The pictures on Cinematour with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days really illustrates how stunning the National was. I still get sad when I drive in Westwood. It is a theatre we will never experience again.

socal09
socal09 on June 8, 2011 at 1:26 am

Thanks for the link JoelWeide. I never went to this theatre before it’s demolition but I like it’s sparse, understated 70’s grandeur. I’m sure not everyone would agree. We’ll never see big, single screen cinemas built like this again. It was unique. What a waste to destroy it and not even fill in the lot with some bland condos. It definitely qualifies as a lost Cinema Treasure.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on June 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Greetings Ross: You will find extensive photography of the National Theatre at: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2134.html .

See you at the movies! Cheers!
Joel Weide

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I have to say that I’m rather mad at myself for not shooting the interior. Anyone have a shot??

socal09
socal09 on June 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

No one has an interior photo of this theatre? Didn’t it appear in the film Zodiac?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

The theater lives on in the Googlemobile photo. Michael Moore’s “Sicko” was playing at that time.

This is a billboard on the Sunset Strip circa 1974. I thought it was interesting:
http://tinyurl.com/3v8twjg

BradE41
BradE41 on April 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

It is still not the same driving into Westwood and not seeing the National. I’m sure sure it would be doing business these days, but it would be nice it have it around still. Westwood is so sad these days. It breaks my heart.

GaryParks
GaryParks on February 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Well, at least that’s one badly-needed patch of land where rain will fall on Los Angeles and actually soak into the ground to join the watertable, instead of being swept down the gutters and down the concrete channel of the Los Angeles River and out to sea.

But it would be nice to have the National back.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

Boy, that looks really ghetto. I suppose it might be one thing if the building was sitting derelict. I think the taxes on a vacant parcel are less than on a parcel and building. But they had someone who was willing to lease the theatre apparently. So there would have been money coming in. Maybe there was a magnificent condo deal in the works, which definitely would have fallen through in the bust.

bigred89
bigred89 on February 24, 2011 at 3:39 am

It’s pretty sad that there are those who think it’s more important to tear down a good theatre for a bunch of weeds or parking lots.