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Celebrity Deathwatch: Ted Mann, Theater Entrepreneur, 84



http://www.cnn.com/2001/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/17/mann.obit.ap/index.html

Theater entrepreneur Ted Mann dead at 84
January 17, 2001
Web posted at: 11:53 AM EST (1653 GMT)


LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Ted Mann, the theater entrepreneur and movie
producer whose name graces one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks, died of
a stroke Monday. He was 84.

Grauman's Chinese Theater, famous for the footprints and handprints of
Hollywood movie stars embedded in its courtyard's concrete sidewalks, became
Mann's Chinese Theater in 1973 after Mann acquired it.

Mann, married to actress Rhonda Fleming, continued the theater's tradition
of glitzy movie premieres.

He broke into the movie business in Minnesota in the 1930s, renting St.
Paul's financially troubled Selby Theater for $100 a month and booking
films, selling tickets and running the projector. Within a few years he
owned a chain of 25 theaters and drive-ins across Minnesota.

He sold out to General Cinema Corp. in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles to
become a movie producer. He brought to the screen such films as Robert
Redford's "Brubaker," "Krull" and Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man."

He returned to the theater business in 1973, buying the 276-screen National
General Theatre chain that included Grauman's Chinese Theater.

The Mann Theatres chain grew to 360 screens -- the largest independent chain
in the country -- before he sold it to Gulf & Western in 1986. He remained
chairman until leaving the company in 1991.

Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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