Oscar-winning writer-director Quentin Tarantino revealed today that he bought the historic Vista Theatre on Sunset Boulevard.
On the Armchair Expert podcast, hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, he said that the shuttered single-screen movie theater will reopen later this year.
“I bought the Vista on Sunset. We’ll probably open it up around Christmas time.
And again: only film. It won’t be a revival house. We’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly [Cinema]. The New Beverly has its own vibe. The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing. We’ll show older films, but it will be like you can hold a four-night engagement.”
Tarantino bought the Landmark New Beverly in 2007 which exclusively shows 35mm and 16mm films, mostly from his personal collection.
Tarantino blasted theater chains that were forced to close locations due to the pandemic, saying the viewing experience had changed…
“Some of these exhibitors that are going — I never like to see any movie theater closing — but some of these exhibitors who are going, they fucking deserve to go.
They have taken all the specialness out of movies anyway. 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.
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.”
(Photos, Vista Theatre; via THR)