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Operating as early as 1968.
Zip code on this should be 91106, not 91101. Well, 91106-2310 to be precise, but you get the gist.
This theatre is now demolished. Nothing left but an empty lot.
Extensive footage of the interiors and exteriors of the Vista can be seen in the 1980 adult film “The Dirty Picture Show”.
There’s a nice old photograph of the Esquire at the very back of Canter’s if you want to know what it looked like. Canter’s kept the structure of the marquee, and you can still see where the ticket booth use to be, even though it’s now bricked up completely.
Reopened as of today as a $3 Regency theatre!
This theatre is in the process of being demolished, as is the entire block of business of which it once formed a major part.
Very, VERY sad.
Rather extensive shots of this drive-in and its beautiful marquee can be seen in the film “Deathdream” (1974).
Not sure if this is the same theatre, but I think it is – it features prominently in this music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgRxF9_SlkA
Also appeared in the film “The Wizard” (1989).
This drive-in appeared in the film “Spies Like Us” (1985).
This drive-in appeared in the film “Pink Cadillac” (1989).
This drive-in appeared in the film “Knockaround Guys” (2001).
This drive-in appeared in the film “Freak”.
This drive-in appeared in the film “The Facts of Life”.
This drive-in appeared in the film “The Cider House Rules”.
Also appeared in the film “Bikini Drive-In”.
This drive-in appeared in the film “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman”.
This drive-in appeared in the film “American Graffiti”.
Its address is 1450 West Covina Parkway.
The address of this theatre was 530 Westminster Mall.
The address of this theatre was 218 Town Center Mall East.
Two of the old ovular, flashing Pussycat logos have been rescued from storage and have been hung inside and outside the theatre, which now shows straight porn in addition to gay smut.
Photo and story about this now-closed theatre is here: http://www.dailynexus.com/news/2006/11140.html
Demolition begins in about three months, apparently.
The Metropolitan website says it’ll be reopened as a theatre in summer 2006. Yay.