Last week, filmmaker Quentin 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. The historic theater closed in March 2020 but Tarantino acquired it in 2021 with plans to renovate and reopen it.
Tarantino has a passion for historic movie theaters. The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood director purchased the New Beverly Cinema in 2007 where programming showcases classic films, his own movies, and double features almost always on 35mm (or 16mm) film. The Vista is approaching its 100-year anniversary, originally opening in 1923 with movies and vaudeville shows.
A conditional use permit filed on March 8 by Quentin Tarantino and Vista Theater, Inc. shows some of the changes planned for the space: “Conditional uses to allow the sale and dispensing of beer & wine for on-site consumption with an existing 12,340 square foot theater, cafe, and arcade with 370 seats and 12 arcade games.” Originally scheduled to open in December 2021, the theater has not announced an opening date yet.
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