Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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ridethectrain on November 23, 2023 at 8:28 am

please update website

Trolleyguy on November 11, 2023 at 10:11 am

Article about reopening. Eater

DavidZornig on November 7, 2023 at 4:15 pm

Variety article confirming the Vista’s 11/17/23 reopening date.

m00se1111 on November 4, 2023 at 11:29 am

The “Save Arclight” twitter (X) account is reporting that the Vista will re-open on 11/17/23.

This is also shown on the Vista website.

please update accordingly.

CTCrouch on October 11, 2022 at 1:35 pm

I drove by the Vista this morning (10/11). It appears that there is some work underway, as there are standard construction elements in place (porta potty, fencing, signage, etc.). However, I would imagine permitting and misc redtape will hold things up for quite some time. Beyond the large new build apartment complex approval slowing things down, renovating the one-hundred year old theatre will open up a lot of issues with ADA, seismic retrofitting, and various modern facility requirements (i.e. formerly “grandfather in” items will have to be addressed with any new work).

Rolando on October 10, 2022 at 7:48 am

I’ve seen apartment buildings go up faster. I am also waiting for the re-opening of the Cinerama Dome.

curmudgeon on October 10, 2022 at 5:00 am

Am I the only one concerned about the time it’s taking for these renovations to be finalised and re-open?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 3, 2022 at 11:27 am

Interesting link (7/5/22) to the proposed “wraparound“ apartment building but in the three photos in the article, I couldn’t see where the Vista fit into the design.

m00se1111 on August 3, 2022 at 9:41 am

There is archival footage with the DVD for “Cruisin 57”, which has that movie opening on October 15, 1975 at the Vista. That would make the ‘gay porn’ era of this venue taking place at least in 1975, not 1977 as noted above.

br91975 on July 5, 2022 at 7:10 pm

The plans afoot at the site of the Vista continue to grow - considerably:

curmudgeon on April 19, 2022 at 8:52 am

Showmanship at the Vista was always first class with operating screen tabs and was always a must-visit when in LA. Does Tarantino’s New Beverley cinema practice perfection like this, or will the Vista become just another screening room?

GeorgeC on April 18, 2022 at 4:59 pm

Not sure why the marquee has been stripped but still looks like the Vista will be reopening:

“Tarantino filed a permit application to operate a cafe and arcade at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz that will also offer wine and beer” March 14 2022

silver on July 6, 2021 at 12:30 am

Here’s the Los Angeles Times article about The Vista on Monday.
“Quentin Tarantino buys L.A.’s beloved Vista Theatre”

some quotes: “Tarantino said on the podcast that he was planning to open the theater by around Christmas.”

“While many local theaters have reopened, the Vista has not. Lance Alspaugh, who owned the theater since 1997, said in a recent interview with The Times he had been waiting on long-delayed government grants before reopening. "It’s bad that we’re all having to wait, that it’s as slow as it’s been,” he said. “It’s the difference between if you reopen or do you not reopen.” Alspaugh also said: “I constantly caught myself wondering during the pandemic, ‘Is it time to get offstage?’ I’m looking forward to getting back, and we’re going to, methodically and slowly.”"

DavidZornig on July 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm

1990 Suicidal Tendencies album “Light Camera Revolution” cover utilizing the Vista Theatre marquee.

DavidZornig on July 5, 2021 at 11:35 am

“Quentin Tarantino Says He Bought L.A.’s Vista Theatre”

bigjoe59 on September 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm


to stevenj many thanks for your replies. I first visited L.A. April of 1980. so if the theater was “rescued” by the end of 1980 than it couldn’t have been a gay porn house for very long.

stevenj on September 10, 2020 at 9:46 am

Normally I would put in a direct link but CT thought it was spam so you’ll have to cut and paste into your browser.

stevenj on September 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

bigjoe55….Don’t know what month in 1980 you were there but this blog post for the Vista Theatre says that Mike Thomas (who ran several SF theatres) “rescued” it in 1980 and turned it into a revival house.

bigjoe59 on September 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm


I just asked a simple question no need to get hyper about it. your 5/2/20 post states that “Heavy Equipment” opened here in 3-D in July of 1978. so since I first visited L.A. in April of 1980 the theater would have been a gay porn house
for at least 2 years at the point I visited. so I was wondering how long it stayed a gay porn house. again a simple question.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 9, 2020 at 5:51 am

Not exactly “just like,” but whatever…

bigjoe59 on September 8, 2020 at 3:10 pm


I first visited L.A. April of 1980. so according to hdtv267’s 5/2/20 post the theater had been a gay porn house for approx. 2 years at that point. how long did it in fact stay a gay porn house?

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

This theater was shown during a segment on the impact of Covid-19 on hollywood during the CBS Weekend News.

DavidZornig on February 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Below link with a screen grab of the Vista Theatre in “Throw Momma From The Train”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

In the Independent Theatres listings of the Los Angeles Times for February 10, 1971, the Vista was showing a double feature of Cindy and Donna (IMDb) and Girly (IMDB).

These were more low-budget sexploitation movies than full-on porn, but they were the sort of thing the Vista was running regularly around that time. The theater went to gay porn for a while later in the ‘70s, and then in 1980 it became a revival house, first operated by Thomas Theatres out of San Francisco and then by Landmark, which operated it more as a revival/art house combination.

Landmark abandoned the revival format at the Vista in 1985. The August 24, 1986 Los Angeles Times has the house listed as the New Vista, showing a double feature of Top Gun and Real Genius. I don’t think the Vista ever went back to porn after its time as a revival house. It did show some gay-themed movies during those years, aimed at the large gay audience in Silver Lake and East Hollywood, but I don’t think any of them were porn.