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National General’s Chinese

August 16th, 2009 by ccrouch

In keeping with the recent announcement that Mann is selling off theatres, including Grauman’s Chinese, here is a picture from the last time the Chinese changed hands.
The picture comes from a 1970-1971 souvenir brochure National General Theatres released; although the photo was likely taken a few years earlier. Then part of Gene Klein’s insurance and entertainment conglomerate, National General Corporation, the theatre division was sold to Ted Mann in 1973, launching Mann Theatres (the chain went on to change parent companies three times over the ensuing decades).

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