Mann National goes dark

NationalWhat I think was the last single-screen movie house to open in Westwood Village, the Mann National, will close at the end of this week. It's where The Exorcist opened to huge lines and ran what seemed like forever, and same for The Godfather. But the National's owners haven't given it much love since. "Its rather bland exterior belies a large upstairs lobby (which is replete with chandeliers) and an enormous orange-colored auditorium (which boasts a massive screen)," says Cinema Treasures. The news comes from Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells:

The crowds aren't going to Westwood any more. I can let the National go but please don't tell me this is going to happen to Mann's Village also. If this is in the cards [I] don't want to hear about it. The same thing that happened in NYC is slowly [happening] to LA, the single-screen theatres are closing, and what LA will have left will be multiplexes like the Arclight, the Grove, teh[sic] AMC Century City and The Bridge.

The National was used last year for a scene in Zodiac. Mark Ruffalo can't handle watching Dirty Harry and goes out into the lobby for a smoke, and then Jake Gyllenhaal comes up to him and chats him up about the case.

Via Franklin Avenue.

More by Kevin Roderick:
John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
Recent Hollywood stories on LA Observed:
Costume designer Mary Zophres moves on from 'La La Land'
Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies
Oscars end on a surprise plot twist*
Westwood's Regent theatre to close, become restaurants
Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author
Media notes: Nikki Finke going to Harvard, local Ellies and more
Janice Min leaving THR, Matthew Belloni upped
Tyrus Wong, legendary Disney artist, was 106


LA Observed on Twitter