Quentin Tarantino dropped news for LA moviegoers in the monday edition from the “Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard” podcast: Tarantino bought the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.
“I’m going to announce one thing here that people don’t know yet: I bought the Vista,” said Tarantino, who already owns the New Beverly Cinema, which recently reopened after being closed for over a year in. due to the pandemic.
Tarantino said he plans to open the theater around Christmas. The New Beverly has an extremely dedicated fan base in part because of Tarantino’s involvement in the programming of the Wake Up House movies, which only shows films on film, not with digital projection. Of Vista, Tarantino said, “And again, just film.”
“But it won’t be a revival house,” Tarantino added. “We’re going to show new films coming out, where they give us a film copy. We will show new things.
“It won’t be like the New Beverly. The New Beverly has its own vibe, ”Tarantino said. “The Vista is like a jewel in the crown. So it will be like the best prints. We’ll be showing older movies, but they’ll be like older movies that can have a four-night engagement. “
While many local theaters have reopened, the Vista has not. Lance Alspaugh, owner of the theater since 1997, said in a recent interview with The Times that he was waiting for long-delayed government grants before reopening.
“It’s a shame we all have to wait, let it be as slow as it used to be,” he said. “It’s the difference between whether you reopen or not reopen.”
Alspaugh also said, “I have constantly found myself wondering during the pandemic, ‘Is it time to get off the stage? I can’t wait to go back, and we’ll do it, methodically and slowly.
Alspaugh also owns Los Feliz 3, which recently entered into a programming partnership with the American Cinematheque. He could not be immediately reached for comment on the Vista news.
Tarantino recently released his first novel, an extension of the world first seen in his 2019 film “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”. While touring podcasts to promote the book, Tarantino had made headlines for his derogatory comments about martial arts star Bruce Lee, which had sparked a great deal of controversy at the time of the film’s release.
Tarantino’s comments inspired Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, to write a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she said, “I’m really tired of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was.”
Lee added: “In an age when Asian Americans are being physically attacked, urged to ‘go home’ because they are seen as non-American and demonized for something unrelated to them, I feel compelled to suggest The continued attacks, misrepresentations and misrepresentations of a pioneering and innovative member of our Asian American community, at this time, are not welcome. ”