And it may open around Christmastime.
Oscar-winning writer-director Quentin Tarantino has bought the landmark Vista Theatre in L.A. He made the announcement during an episode of the podcast Armchair Expert. In the show hosted by Monica Padman and Dax Shepard, he also said that it’s likely to open later this year around Christmas. This is the second theater Tarantino owns, with the other being the New Beverly which he purchased in 2007.
While the director didn’t discuss further details about this new business venture, he expressed his lament for cinemas attempting to recreate living rooms and believes some exhibitors that have closed for good, deserved to go.
“They’ve taken all the specialness out of movies anyway,” Tarantino said on the matter during the episode. “Some of these chains where they’re showing commercials all through it, they don’t turn the lights down, everything is stadium seating, plastic shit,” he added.
He continued, “They have been writing their own epitaph for a long time, but they assumed the business would take you along. It’s been crazy throughout my career to see how the film experience is lessened for the viewer like every five years. However, I do think boutique cinemas actually will thrive in this time. And I am not talking about the La-Z-Boy, order nachos and margaritas … I actually like the Alamo Drafthouse a lot. But I have a living room, I want to go to the theater.”
The 1920s punch-colored building has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic with a message on the marquee that read, “To be continued.” On its website, the owners stated that they were working on something exciting, but it’s unclear whether this was part of that plan.
Unlike New Beverly which shows older films, Vista will show new releases, according to the director.
“It won’t be a revival house — we’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print, we’ll show new stuff. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe,” he said. “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.”