National Theatre

10925 Lindbrook Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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NGC's National Theatre

Opened March 27, 1970 with Kenneth Nelson in “The Boys in the Band”. The NGC National Theatre was one of the last single screen giants to be erected. Its rather bland exterior belied a large upstairs lobby (which was replete with chandeliers) and an enormous orange-colored auditorium (which boasted a massive screen 56ft wide and 26ft high). All seating was on a single sloping floor. It was equipped with Norelco DP-75 projectors which were capable of screening 35mm & 70mm films.

The Mann National closed on April 19, 2007, but re-opened less than a month later under an independent exhibitor on a short-term lease. The theatre closed again on October 7, 2007 and was demolished in January 2008. In summer of 2014 construction began for a 34 apartment unit building.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Richie_T on January 27, 2014 at 4:30 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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

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

HowardBHaas on June 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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

rivest266 on February 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Cultural Impact of The Exorcist 1973 at with interviews with the National’s staff. Admission: $3.50 (nearly 19 dollars in today’s money.)

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on September 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

Anyone have the experience of seeing the Burt Bacharach musical LOST HORIZON at the National?

John Miller
John Miller on January 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Oh wow! I think this is where I saw a re-release of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1983. I was wondering what theater it was.

CStefanic on September 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Re-looking at the photos from the last night. Man, one of the BIGGEST mistakes this city has EVER made: The closure and raze of the National. Devastating, even now.

MSC77 on March 26, 2020 at 12:21 am

Fifty years ago today the National held its invitational premiere grand opening. It’s disappointing the venue isn’t still with us to celebrate the milestone.

MSC77 on December 31, 2021 at 4:20 pm

Here’s the link to a 12-page 40th anniversary RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK retrospective featuring a historian Q&A and 70mm playdate chronology. The National is mentioned several times and is featured in one of the images.

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