Historic Vista Theatre Sold to Quentin Tarantino
The Vista Theatre’s pandemic message took on new meaning after owner Lance Alspaugh announced the sale of the neighborhood landmark to Oscar-winning director-writer Quentin Tarantino. (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images)
The owner of Los Feliz’s historic Vista Theatre, Lance Alspaugh, recently confirmed
Hollywood producer-writer-director Quentin Tarantino has purchased the landmark
cinema. According to news reports, Tarantino said the Vista will only screen film-prints, but
it will not be a revival house like the New Beverly Cinema, which is also owned by
Tarantino. The Vista Theatre, which has 400 seats, opened on October 9, 1923,
presenting film and vaudeville acts.
Alspaugh, who owns the Los Feliz 3 and Village Theatres in Coronado, also confirmed
that he will be working with Tarantino to renovate the theater and that general manager
Victor Martinez will continue as manager with Tarantino. The Vista will remain a single-screen
theatre and is expected to open later this year.
For an insider’s look at the Vista’s illustrious history, watch the Silver Lake History
Collective’s interviews with Lance Alspaugh and Victor Martinez.
Lance Alspaugh interview here.
Victor Martinez interview here.