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January 13, 2000 | Associated Press
A partnership owned by the Warner Bros. and Paramount studios has acquired the Mann Theatres chain after a Bankruptcy Court approved a $91-million sale agreement. The theater chain's parent company, closely held WestStar Cinemas Inc., had filed for bankruptcy protection last year. WestStar agreed to sell the chain to WF Cinema Holdings, a partnership of Warner Bros. and Paramount, but the Bankruptcy Court ordered the sale opened up to competitive bids.
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April 29, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Two movie producers could soon put their own footprints on one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. A partnership between Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures parent company Viacom Inc. has agreed to sell the historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard for an undisclosed sum to Don Kushner, executive producer of "Tron: Legacy," and entrepreneur Elie Samaha, two people familiar with the deal said Thursday. The sale, which is scheduled to close May 20, also includes the operating lease for the Mann's Chinese 6 multiplex in the adjacent Hollywood & Highland mall, said the people, who did not want to be identified because details of the deal were confidential.
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December 15, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
The developer of a proposed Agoura Hills commercial center has signed a 30-year lease with Mann Theatres for the cinema chain to build and operate an eight-screen theater complex, according to the developer and city officials. If approved by the city Planning Commission, the theater would be part of Creekside Terrace, a large commercial center with more than 150,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and offices at Agoura and Kanan roads.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2010 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The eerie whisper of a ghost in your right ear. The pitter-patter of rain pelting your umbrella. The whistle of bullets screeching past your face. Get ready for the next leap forward in movie theater technology: 3-D sound. At least that's the hope of a German software company that has spent 15 years and $20 million developing a system that aims to do for audio what 3-D has done for screen images. Moviegoers may soon be able to experience the audio technology ? assuming theater owners and movie distributors, already shelling out for a new generation of projection equipment for 3-D pictures, are willing to take on the added expense of upgrading their sound systems.
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December 4, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mann Theatres said Tuesday it will build a 16-screen complex at the former General Motors plant site, becoming the first tenant to publicly commit to an ambitious development plan for the long-idle parcel. The theater will be the largest of three new complexes that Mann plans to open in the San Fernando Valley by the end of 1997. The other two projects are an eight-screen theater in Agoura Hills and a four-screen complex in Glendale.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1985
I see that Mann Theatres will be selling lottery tickets. I know how much they charge for a Hershey bar; what are they going to charge for a lottery ticket that would cost $1 anyplace else? CARLO PANNO Burbank
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January 17, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ted Mann, former sole owner and chairman of the Mann Theatres chain, which includes the landmark Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and a lifelong philanthropist who aided disadvantaged children and women, died Tuesday in his Los Angeles home. He was 84. Mann, a savvy businessman who also produced innovative low-budget films, markedly increased his profile in 1973 when he put his name on Grauman's Chinese Theatre founded by impresario Sid Grauman in 1927.
NEWS
May 16, 1991
The Glendale Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday authorized spending $185,000 to purchase property fronting the historic Alex Theatre, which the city also plans to buy and convert into a cultural arts facility. The theater frontage, which contains ornate neo-Greek columns, a box office and a 100-foot-high obelisk, is owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Glendale, which was bequeathed the property in 1986. The front two lots at 216 N. Brand Blvd.
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December 10, 1988 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
The Loma and the Cinerama are gone, replaced by shopping malls. San Diego County's legion of large--900-seat or more--one-screen movie houses has been reduced to three. Romantics and historical preservationists have deplored the demise of the Loma and the Cinerama, both of which were city landmarks. But theater executives say they can no longer make a profit from such theaters.
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March 14, 1985 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
Even as patrons of the 14th Los Angeles International Film Exposition attend tonight's opening gala in Hollywood, the landlord will be putting the finishing touches on Filmex's new home across town. The opening-night fund-raiser will take place at Mann's Chinese Theatre, where "A Private Function" will be screened and at the nearby Palace, site of the Benefit Ball.
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August 27, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
William "Bill" Frederick Hertz, a longtime theater executive and former chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame who is one of the few non-celebrities whose handprints and footprints are in the forecourt of Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, has died. He was 84. Hertz died Aug. 19 at his home in Tarzana of complications from heart surgery, said his granddaughter Jennifer Pickett. Hertz was the longtime director of marketing and public relations for Mann Theatres until his retirement in 1991 but remained with the company as a consultant until recently.
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January 17, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ted Mann, former sole owner and chairman of the Mann Theatres chain, which includes the landmark Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and a lifelong philanthropist who aided disadvantaged children and women, died Tuesday in his Los Angeles home. He was 84. Mann, a savvy businessman who also produced innovative low-budget films, markedly increased his profile in 1973 when he put his name on Grauman's Chinese Theatre founded by impresario Sid Grauman in 1927.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The recent surge of Hollywood real estate development suffered a setback Friday when backers of a high-profile shopping center adjacent to Mann's Chinese Theatre abandoned plans to build the complex. Failure of the $20-million project at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street stemmed in part from the bankruptcy filing of major tenant Frederick's of Hollywood, said developers Steve Ullman and Larry Worchell.
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January 13, 2000 | Associated Press
A partnership owned by the Warner Bros. and Paramount studios has acquired the Mann Theatres chain after a Bankruptcy Court approved a $91-million sale agreement. The theater chain's parent company, closely held WestStar Cinemas Inc., had filed for bankruptcy protection last year. WestStar agreed to sell the chain to WF Cinema Holdings, a partnership of Warner Bros. and Paramount, but the Bankruptcy Court ordered the sale opened up to competitive bids.
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April 25, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
While Tony the Tiger got kisses from celebrities and posed for pictures after stamping his paws in cement at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, his voice, Thurl Ravenscroft, sat behind the scenes as he has for the last 45 years. The 83-year-old Fullerton resident has provided Tony's voice in television commercials for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes since the character was created in 1952. He still makes about 15 new commercials for the cereal each year.
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December 4, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mann Theatres said Tuesday it will build a 16-screen complex at the former General Motors plant site, becoming the first tenant to publicly commit to an ambitious development plan for the long-idle parcel. The theater will be the largest of three new complexes that Mann plans to open in the San Fernando Valley by the end of 1997. The other two projects are an eight-screen theater in Agoura Hills and a four-screen complex in Glendale.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
MCA said Monday that it has found a new partner in Plitt Theatres for construction of an ambitious movie theater complex at Universal City, the entertainment conglomerate's 420-acre headquarters. The project was first announced 14 months ago as an $8-million undertaking with Mann Theatres of California, but the two companies scrapped their joint venture in October. The new plans call for a more lavish complex than initially envisioned by Mann.
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February 27, 1991 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cinema Grossmont in La Mesa, where such movies as "Dances With Wolves," "Gandhi" and "The Right Stuff" have had their San Diego County debuts, will close sometime during the summer, after a new "eight-plex" opens nearby. The theater, which opened in 1962, is one of only three single-screen, 1,000-seat movie houses still left in the county. But Tom Magee, president of the Grossmont Shopping Center, where it is situated, said the theater, like many of its ilk, is no longer profitable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
The developer of a proposed Agoura Hills commercial center has signed a 30-year lease with Mann Theatres for the cinema chain to build and operate an eight-screen theater complex, according to the developer and city officials. If approved by the city Planning Commission, the theater would be part of Creekside Terrace, a large commercial center with more than 150,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and offices at Agoura and Kanan roads.
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