Iconic LA Theatre finally re-opens – And you may know its famous owner

November 19, 2023 by No Comments

The Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, a historic venue over a century old, is set to reopen on Nov. 17 after a prolonged shutdown of more than two years. This reopening follows a significant renovation under its new owner, Quentin Tarantino, which took place during the pandemic.

Before its official reopening, the theater will host a special event led by Tarantino on Saturday, featuring a screening of the 1993 film “True Romance,” celebrating its 30th anniversary. The movie, written by Tarantino and directed by the late Tony Scott, will be shown on 35mm, and tickets for this pre-opening event are already sold out.

The 400-seat Vista will commence regular operations a week later with Eli Roth’s new horror film “Thanksgiving.” This film is part of a series that began with trailers in Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 film “Grindhouse,” and includes “Machete” (2010) and “Hobo With a Shotgun” (2011). “Thanksgiving,” along with other first-run and repertory films at the Vista, will be projected on film.

First opened on Oct. 9, 1923, the Vista was a key player in the L.A. repertory cinema scene before the COVID-19 pandemic led to its closure, along with other iconic theaters in the city. A message of resilience, “To be continued…,” remained on its marquee during its closure in 2020.

While most of the Vista’s new features will be available upon reopening, some are still under construction and will be launched later. These include the “Coffy” cafe, named after Pam Grier’s role in the 1973 film and a 25-seat microcinema that may showcase 16mm films and special programming.

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