Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Kerrisdale90210
Kerrisdale90210 on July 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

The sky looks blue…somethings not right ;–)

kencmcintyre
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.
http://tinyurl.com/6hd27t

Kerrisdale90210
Kerrisdale90210 on July 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

OK I do have info
I’m Lou Bards Grandson

OPENING NIGHT

(FRONT OF MARQUEE)-GRAND OPENING-HOLLYWOOD’S NEWEST THEATRE
TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 (1923) VOD-VIL FEATURE PROGRAM

(SIDE OF MARQUEE)-BABY PEGGY IN TIPS

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

Randall

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.

TSigfrids
TSigfrids on July 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Is anybody aware of a list that might exist of films that have premiered at the Vista since it’s opening? Or does anybody remember any films that have premiered there? I am working for a fashion designer who is interested in designing a dress that incorporates the titles of films that have premiered at the Vista so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

A recent photo of the Vista at night can be seen here.

Kerrisdale90210
Kerrisdale90210 on March 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Did I mention that my grandfather Lou Bard built this theatre?
Rand

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm

The Vista Theater is one short block to walk along Sunset Boulevard, from the Vermont/Sunset station on the Metro Red Line.

RobertHC
RobertHC on March 31, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Could someone please provide more information regarding the neighborhood parking for the Vista, for those of us from out of town (actually out of state) who will be visiting the Vista for the first time soon? Street names to look for (or avoid), available parking lots, or whatever you suggest. Thanks very much!

markinthedark
markinthedark on March 2, 2008 at 12:42 am

Finally made it to the Vista to see “There Will Be Blood” and it is truly a class act. Every other row has been taken out to provide tremendous legroom. Great Sound. Flawless Presentation. Wonderful character with the Egyptian motif. Wonderful old movie theatre smell. And to top it al off, cheap ticket prices!! Forget the Arclight! If it is playing here this will be my choice.

decoteau
decoteau on February 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Print shop I think

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm

To the left of the theatre, in the January 2 photo, is a small retail store called “Vista Express”. What do they sell?

Kerrisdale90210
Kerrisdale90210 on January 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm

WOW My Grandfather would roll over in his grave if he saw his theater now LOL…..ah but I love it!!! Thanks for posting this photo.

Randall Bard
Vancouver BC

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

That freakin sound system at The Vista is AMAAAAZING! Saw “Sweeney Todd” here in December and there’s a low frequency organ note as the studio logos come up that made the floor in this theatre VIBRATE. AWESOME!!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Here is another photo of the Vista Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 6, 2007 at 10:58 am

This website has photos of the Vista Theater. Click on the smaller photos to expand them.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2007 at 6:58 am

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/37h9yx

meheuck
meheuck on November 16, 2007 at 3:27 am

a sampling of some of the offerings at the Vista when Landmark was booking the theatre:

1 9 8 3 (incomplete)

PREMIERES
Wolf Gremm’s FABIAN
Marc Huestis’ WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SUSAN JANE
Ed Pincus’ DIARIES
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
Jean-Luc Godard’s MADE IN U.S.A.

FESTIVALS AND TRIBUTES
“Dial M for Mystery”
Contemporary Gay Cinema
“Screen Dreams”
“Buried Treasures” â€" featuring premieres of
John Huston’s PHOBIA
Fritz Lang’s TIGRESS OF BENGAL
Ettore Scola’s ROCCO IN CHICAGO
Claude Whatham’s SWEET WILLIAM
Ivan Passer’s CRIME AND PASSION
Ingmar Bergman
Bette Davis
Wim Wenders
Dance Festival
Tennessee Williams
Preston Sturges

SPECIAL EVENTS
Robert Israel accompanies Albert Parker’s THE BLACK PIRATE and Erich von Stroheim’s BLIND HUSBANDS
Tribute to Vivian Blaine

1 9 8 4 (incomplete)

PREMIERES
Victor Schonfeld’s THE ANIMALS FILM
Philo Bregstein’s WHOEVER SAYS THE TRUTH SHALL DIE
King Hu’s A TOUCH OF ZEN
David Cronenberg’s STEREO
David Cronenberg’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
David Cronenberg’s ITALIAN MACHINE
Eldar Ryazanov’s BEWARE OF CARS
Eldar Ryazanov’s IRONY OF FATE
Eloi de la Iglesia’s EL DIPUTADO
Tom Huckabee & Kent Smith’s TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN
Mai Zetterling’s SCRUBBERS
Robert Epstein & Richard Schmiechen’s THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
Michael Raeburn’s THE GRASS IS SINGING a/k/a KILLING HEAT

FESTIVALS AND TRIBUTES
Federico Fellini
“Czech it Out!” â€" Czechoslovakian films, featuring premieres of
Jiri Menzel’s SHORTCUTS
Oldrich Lipsky’s THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS
Vaclav Vorlicek’s HOW TO DROWN DOCTOR MRACEK
Ladislav Smoljak’s RUN WAITER, RUN
Martin Holly’s SIGNUM LAUDIS
Zoro Zahon’s THE ASSISTANT
Christopher Isherwood
“A Tribute to L.A.” â€" 24 films salute the host city of the 1984 Olympics
“Summer Camp”
Best of the 1984 New York Gay Film Festival â€" featuring premieres of
Amos Guttman’s DRIFTING
George Katakouzinos’ ANGEL
Rosa von Praunheim’s CITY OF LOST SOULS
Phillipe Vallois’ RAINBOW SERPENT
Edward Fleming’s MIRROR, MIRROR
Tuija-Maija Niskanen’s THE FAREWELL
“A World of Dance”
Alfred Hitchcock
“Japanese Cinema” â€" featuring premieres of
Yoichi Takabayahsi’s IREZUMI â€" SPIRIT OF THE TATTOO
Nagisa Oshima’s CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH
The San Francisco Gay Erotic Film Festival
Jean Cocteau

RESTORATIONS AND REVIVALS
Michael Todd’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS â€" original roadshow version, technicolor print
Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST â€" original uncut version

SPECIAL EVENTS
“The Hollywood Hall of Shame” â€" Harry and Michael Medved in person to introduce infamous films

1 9 8 5 (incomplete)

PREMIERES
David Stevens’ THE CLINIC
Ji-Shun Duan & Junya Sato’s THE GO MASTERS
Patrice Chereau’s L’HOMME BLESSE
Nikita Mikhalkov’s WITHOUT WITNESS
Renato Castellani’s LIFE OF VERDI
Wim Wenders’ TOKYO
Daniel Schmid’s TOSCA’S KISS
Francois Bei & Gerard Vienne’s THE CLAW & THE TOOTH

FESTIVALS AND TRIBUTES
Joan Crawford
Derek Jarman
“Nagisa Oshima Rediscoveries”
Opera Festival
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Tennessee Williams
“Australian Film Festival” â€" featuring premieres of
Michael Pattinson’s MOVING OUT
Scott Hicks’ FREEDOM
Bruce Beresford’s BARRY MACKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN
Kevin James Dobson’s SQUIZZY TAYLOR
Michael Thornhill’s BETWEEN WARS
“Ozu/Mizoguchi”
“Heroes and Legends”
“Great Ladies of the Silver Screen”
USC student films

RESTORATIONS AND REVIVALS
Hideo Goyoshin’s GOYOKIN
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s OEDIPUS REX

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2007 at 6:54 am

A controversial film was playing at the Vista in September 1947. Note the different show times for men and women:
http://tinyurl.com/3deudx

patinkin
patinkin on August 31, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Cnichols writes,“offer Toblerone at the snack bar… It’s a REALLY nice theater in a rapidly improving neighborhood.”

What does that mean??? I’ve been living there for 40 years and the change I have seen is that guys like Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Tierney, Tom Waits and Beck have moved out because yuppies and silly scenesters have moved in (and they REALLY hated yuppies). You call that “rapidly improving”???? Please use , “rapidly being discovered by clueless poseur hipsters who buy their hot rods from Ebay instead of building them”…..LOL!!!!!

patinkin
patinkin on August 31, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I believe they filmed part of “The Man With Bogies Face” in the upstairs offices at the Vista. When I was a kid I used to sneak up on the roof and alter the big billboard on the roof.

patinkin
patinkin on August 31, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Who is the moron who wrote, “A largely unheralded theater in Los Angeles' historic Los Feliz area, the Vista’s exterior is an island of style in a street of prevalent decay”, in the header text??? First of all, it’s not in Los Feliz (she-it, the Los Feliz theater isnt even in Los Feliz!), its in East Hollywood. And second, WHAT STREET OF PREVALENT DECAY???? East Hollywood??? Where the average home is in the $600,000 range??? Hey, there are just as many craftmas in East Hollywood as in the westside….‘cept the westside has more BUMS living in its streets!!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 12, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Here is a night view of the Vista.

decoteau
decoteau on July 22, 2007 at 1:50 pm

INCHES Playing at the Vista Theate…

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vcarville
vcarville on July 6, 2007 at 1:37 am

You can see the interior of the theater in the video in the early 1990s “Burn Hollywood Burn”