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Mann Theatres was a movie theater chain that predominantly operated in the western United States, with a heavy concentration of theaters in Southern California.

Its motto was "Where Hollywood goes to the movies".

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HistoryEdit

Mann's Theatre was named after Ted Mann, the founder and original owner of the chain, and spouse of Rhonda Fleming. In 1973 Mann purchased the theatres of National General Pictures, which included the old Fox Theatres chain.[1] Among the theatres was Grauman's Chinese Theatre, which was renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre. At one time, Mann operated many of the prestigious single-screen theaters in the Los Angeles area, including the Fox Village Theater, the Bruin Theater, the National, and the Grauman's−Mann's Chinese Theater.

Subsidiary eraEdit

In 1986, Mann Theatres was acquired by the conglomerate Gulf and Western Industries. In 1987 they brought in Warner Communications as a partner in the movie theatrers.[2][3]

In 1997, Mann Theatres was sold to WestStar, a company backed by the private equity firm Warburg Pincus.[4][5]

In 2000, Mann Theatres went bankrupt and was acquired by its former owners, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures of Warner Communications.[6]

DemiseEdit

All the cinemas of Mann Theatres were gradually sold off to other chains.[7][8]

Mann Theatres was also once a dominant cinema chain in Colorado, including the Denver area, but were bought out over a period. Beginning in 2000, the newly founded theater chain Colorado Cinemas acquired and operated Mann Theatre locations in Denver. Carmike Cinemas bought and took over the Mann Theatre locations outside of the Denver area.

The company ceased operation on December 27, 2011, with the closing of its last property, the Westlake Village Theaters, which was reopened as a Cinépolis.[9]

TechnologiesEdit

In October 2008 the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre complex in Hollywood was the first 3-D-ready commercial cinema to unveil the installation of Iosono technology, featuring 380 speakers.[10] In April 2009 the Mann Chinese 6 was among the first to present motion-enhanced theatrical films featuring 30 D-BOX motion controlled seats. [11][12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NYtimes.com: Mann Theatre Will Buy A National General Unit (1973)
  2. ^ COMPANY NEWS; G.&W. Acquisition
  3. ^ Warner to Buy Theater Stake
  4. ^ 'Chinese Theatre' owner agrees to acquisition by WestStar Holdings
  5. ^ Lewine quits Mann parent WestStar
  6. ^ Studios Buy Mann Theatres Chain
  7. ^ Regency takes over historic Village and Bruin theaters in Westwood
  8. ^ Grauman's Chinese Theatre to be sold to two movie producers
  9. ^ Mann Westlake Village theaters close
  10. ^ http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archive/index.php/t-1094065.html
  11. ^ Lally, Kevin (May 20, 2009). "Rockin' good time: D-BOX Motion Technology off to 'Fast & Furious' start". Film Journal International News. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  12. ^ "D-BOX Technologies Adds More Motion to Hollywood Movie Theatre" (Press release). D-BOX Technologies. June 29, 2009.