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Vista Theater, Los Angeles

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Vista Theatre is a historic single-screen movie theater in Los Angeles, California, located in Los Feliz on the border with East Hollywood.HistoryVista Theatre opened on October 16, 1923, as a single-screen theater. In addition to screening films, the theater also showed vaudeville acts on stage. Originally known as Lou Bard Playhouse on opening day in 1923, the cinema played the film Tips with Baby Peggy. The original seating capacity in the auditorium held space for 838 seats. The owners later removed every other row to allow for increased legroom, reducing the number of seats to 400.It is one of the remaining historic structures from the 1920s, when Hollywood was first built up and began attracting residents to its new suburban homes from areas near downtown Los Angeles and East Los Angeles, at the time middle and wealthy class sections of Los Angeles.Until its refurbishment by Thomas Theaters in 1980, the theatre showed soft-core porn, then to hard-core porn and finally gay porn for 20 years. It also showed gay-oriented non-pornographic films, including the local premiere of The Times of Harvey Milk.The theater is a local landmark. It has been renovated to play new release movies, and retains its historic architecture.In a manner reminiscent of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the theater's forecourt features cement handprints and footprints of notable film figures. However, the handprints and footprints at the Vista Theatre tend to include more icons of independent and cult films such as Spike Jonze, John C. Reilly and Martin Landau, among many others.
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  • I believe that I remember reading a plaque here that said the team that built the Egyptian Theater also built this one. It is really cool on the outside and inside. It is like a slice of history. We.....  more »
  • Yeah, they only have one screen and play a couple of movies a night, but I love this place. The classic theater atmosphere makes you feel like you're catching a movie in the 60s. Every seat has a...  more »
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  • Beautiful old theatre, with art deco lighting, motifs and sculptures. Comfortable old seats with really, wide rows. Sound may leave a little too be desired, but certainly one of my favorite art house theatres.
  • A completely restored theater from the roaring 20's, this theater is a GEM. I won't go to any other theater except here! I feel like I'm going back in time, enjoying a picture like it was back then..the GOLDEN years of America.... Before 'The Crash', hahaha!!!😎😆🤣😀

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