Tarantino’s Vista Theater: Reopen with ‘True Romance’ Special Screening

Tarantino’s Vista Theatre to Reopen With ‘True Romance’ Special Screening Followed by Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’

Vista Theatre

The Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, which was bought by Tarantino in 2021, is finally ready to unveil its renovation with a special anniversary screening Saturday of “True Romance” with Tarantino hosting.

The theater’s regular programming kicks off Nov. 17 with Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving in 35mm, followed by Ridley Scott’s Napoleon in 70mm starting on November 22.

“Quentin basically retained the auditorium — it’s intact, it’s been rehabbed and it’s still new and beautiful, but the overall auditorium is in intact condition,” said chief operating officer Lance Alspaugh.

The reopening of the 100-year old movie house is another sign that Los Angeles filmgoers are eager to support independent and classic film programming, particularly in historic venues. Netflix’s 101-year-old Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, which is programming in partnership with the American Cinematheque, reopens after extensive remodel on Nov. 9.

Vidiots opened its screening and rental venue in the former Eagle Theatre in Eagle Rock in June.

“The sound system far surpasses what we had in there,” Alspaugh said.

The Vista, which opened in 1923 with interior similar to the Egyptian decor that was popular in the 1920s, has been under renovation since movie theaters shuttered at the beginning of the pandemic.

Tarantino revealed his purchase of the theater on Dax Shepherd’s podcast, saying at the time that unlike his New Beverly Cinema, the Vista will show mostly first-run films — as long as a 35mm prints exists. “We’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe. The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing. So it will be the best prints, we’ll show older films, but they’ll be like older films where you can hold a fortnight engagement.”

Alspaugh confirmed that is still the plan. “The intention is to run mostly first run and occasional classics or repertory films. There will be sections of time where you might see classic repertory titles on film for brief interludes, I think in the future you’ll see some late shows of classic films and I think you’ll see morning shows of classic films.”

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