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Tracy Lamb

Tracy Lamb, a movie theater owner-operator, died Feb. 22 of complications arising from surgery for bladder cancer. He was 70.

A Chicago native, Lamb (born Eugene Tracy Leibovitz) owned or operated 26 theaters in Los Angeles and Chi-cago throughout his lifetime.

During World War II, he organized and directed shows on the company base while in the U.S. Army.

In the early 1960s, Lamb made a name for himself with his discount movie theaters, bringing second-run features to Chicago.

In 1977, he sued 20th Century Fox in an effort to ensure that independent theater owners wouldn’t be shut out from the bidding for “Star Wars.” He was also part of the antitrust suit that forced the studios to sell off part or all of their theater chains.

He is survived by a brother, two daughters and a son.

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