Vista Theater

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 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
 (Photograph: Russell Gearhart)
Photograph: Russell Gearhart
Vista Theatre
 (Photograph: Courtesy Vista Theatre)
Photograph: Courtesy Vista Theatre
Epic Manager Victor Martinez at Vista Theatre

The historic gem, single-screen Vista Theater plays movies on actual film reels (no digital here) and boasts giant Art Deco light fixtures, kitschy Egyptian-themed wall details and a lovely manager, Victor Martinez, who dresses up for every opening (think: Willy Wonka for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Joker for The Dark Knight, etc.). The theater is by no means luxury (although the leg room is pretty spectacular), but it's got character and is within walking distance of Silver Lake, Los Feliz and east Hollywood, making it an extra appealing option for Eastsiders.


Venue name: Vista Theater
Address: 4473 Sunset Blvd
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A lovely neighborhood fixture, the Vista is a first run, single screen historic theater with a lot of character.  Gorgeous to look at outside and in, catch the newest flicks her for the first week or so of their run.  They also do tons of fun screenings at midnight with local film groups, so you can see cult favorites here too.  Cheaper than your standard arclight experience, they even have super cheap matinees.  Only drawback is that people tend to treat it more like their living room than arclight, so people snoring, people whispering--a bit more common here.  Parking is tricky, expect to circle.  Hoping they someday open up the cafe space directly adjacent to the theatre for some quality food nearby, but until then, drink away your sorrows just around the corner at Good Luck Bar.


Vista is one of the nicer, more comfortable and inviting "old" theaters I've attended in Los Angeles. Although not state-of-the-art, the staff is incredibly accommodating and atmosphere is cozy. From what I remember, the positives include ridiculous amounts of legroom (as Michael J previously stated), the old Hollywood feel with Egyptian-themed decor, and despite a lack of stadium seating, surprisingly decent view from anywhere you sit. 

In terms of negatives, there is only one theater/"house" inside so if the latest summer blockbuster isn't interesting to you, look elsewhere. Here's to hoping they put on special features/classics soon!

There is nothing like seeing a movie on real film.  The digital crap is actually worse that what you see on your television because the screen so much bigger.  I am vowing to never go to a theater again that is showing digital.  It is just awful. 


I love the Egyptian deco architecture here. Even better: the legroom. It feels like every other row of seats have been removed, so even though it's not stadium, legroom and sight lines are never an issue. Ticket and snack prices are reasonable, and even though it's a single screen theater, the film selection covers enough blockbuster and award-caliber films that you'll rarely need to take a trip to a multiplex.