Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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carlkester on April 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I disagree with William: I’m pretty sure the “porn era” was mid- to late-eighties.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

Where’s the best place to park when coming here? Deep off into the surrounding neighborhood or is there a lot off Vermont or Sunset?

StevenWells on March 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I see this thread has been inactive for some months, but on the off chance Carl_K (who asked, “Does anyone know the time period when it was a gay porno house?”) still ventures by, my recollection is ‘76-'79 (give-take). A couple posters have mentioned the Vista’s gay porno phase, but I guess Carl_K and I are the only ones who’ll admit to attending it during that period. The men’s room had pics cut from the pages of male nude magazines decoupaged on the wall (I’ll never forget the one at eye level just to the right of the urinal). Haven’t been there since the early '90’s (“Silverlake Life”), prior to the restoration; it was still pretty woebegone.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Here are some photographs of the Vista Theatre that I have taken:
Scanned photos from 1999:
Auditorium side-wall:
Two photographs of the auditorium I took in June 2005:

monika on July 15, 2009 at 11:32 am

Two exterior photographs I took of the Vista in June 2009:
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I hear the interior is amazing. Haven’t had the chance to go inside yet, though the inner geek in me wants to try and make it for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”……

MPol on July 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Sounds like a unique theatre. It looks unique, too. Are there any photos of the interior?

economike on July 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I had pictured it differently but I think your right.

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I think that’s the LAPL photo from 4/20/07.

economike on July 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I forgot to add that there is a giant blow up of a photo (or there was at one time) inside the theatre of an opening in the 1920’s where there are hundreds of people spilling out into the street in front of the theatre.

economike on July 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I saw The Night Porter at the Vista in 1979. Use to go to the Onyx all the time in the 80’s. There was a lady there named Fumico who lived upstairs over the theatre with her mom if I remember correctly. I rented a video at Action Video on Hyperion that showed ED Wood being interviewed in his office above the Vista.

markinthedark on July 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Really one of my favorite places to see a movie in LA. The perfect neighborhood theatre. I would choose it over the Arclight any day (plus for the price of one movie ticket at the Arclight you can get a ticket, soda and popcorn and more legroom at the Vista!).

Ostrich on June 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I’ve been seeing pictures at the Vista for about 10 years. It’s by far, my favorite place to catch a flick.
There is a segment that they have always shown right before the feature begins, and still do. It’s basically an animated montage reminding the patrons to buy snacks and to be courteous to one another. Anyone who frequents the Vista will know what I’m talking about. It’s super dated, and the music is amazing. I’m trying to track down the persons/company who created this piece for a personal project. If anyone has any leads, please e-mail me …thanks!

ERD on November 15, 2008 at 9:41 am

The Vista is looks like a very unique theatre.

vokoban on November 15, 2008 at 7:16 am

It’s strange that the robbery store appeared twice in the same paper on the same day….I like the yeggs comment.

kencmcintyre on November 14, 2008 at 8:57 pm

From the LA Times, 12/3/24:

Police blame sneak thieves for the the theft of a money sack containing $100 in currency from a safe in the office of Bard’s Hollywood Theater at Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The theft was reported yesterday by a theater employee who said the thief entered the place while the attendants were out for a moment.

DavidM on September 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

I just noticed that the Vista is featured in a scene from the 2003 television movie, “Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.” The movie is posted on YouTube; the Vista shows up in part 6 of 10.

It’s a lovely theater that I hope to see next time I am in LA.

JohnHolloway on September 18, 2008 at 8:42 am

An absolute gem that should be on the “must see” list of every movie loving visitor to LA. Bargain priced, staff that really care, extremely comfortable seating – with leg room that has to be experienced to be believed, and real showmanship presentation. Puts the “famous” Hollywood screens to shame.

vokoban on September 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

(Dec. 3, 1924 LA Times)
V.J. Rosen, manager of Bard’s Theater at 4473 Sunset Boulevard, reported to police yesterday that yeggs had forced the small safe in the office of the theater and had obtained $100.

yegg (yeg)
n. Slang
A thief, especially a burglar or safecracker.

Kerrisdale90210 on July 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

The sky looks blue…somethings not right ;–)

kencmcintyre on July 23, 2008 at 3:41 pm

My wife took this picture today when she was driving around on Sunset Boulevard. She probably should have rolled down the car window first, but I give her an A for effort.

Kerrisdale90210 on July 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

OK I do have info
I’m Lou Bards Grandson




By the way his daughter Gloria George just passed away last week suddenly.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Tif: Prior to the period when Landmark ran the theatre (documented in meheuck’s comment of November 16, 2007, above) I don’t think the Vista presented any premiers- unless they were premiers of porn movies during its long years as a porn house.

I have a vague recollection of the Vista showing Russian movies during the early 1960s, but before that it was operated for ages by Fox-West Coast Theatres as a neighborhood house, and Lou Bard’s circuit which opened the theatre also operated it as a neighborhood house, unlikely to have been chosen as a venue for a big premier.

This .pdf file from the L.A. Library gives a brief history of the Vista and the Bard Circuit, though it makes no mention of any premiers.

I noticed that in a comment of May 22, 2005, above, alaskaman says that he saw the premier of Ed Wood at the Vista. That movie was released in 1994, so there may have been some other premiers after the brief period covered in meheuck’s comment.