Oscar-winning writer-director Quentin Tarantino has bought the historic single-screen Vista Theater on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Appearing on the Armchair Expert podcast, he says he aims to re-open the theater around Christmas. The venue, which first opened in 1923, had been shuttered due to the pandemic.
Discussing his plans, he says it will be different to the Landmark New Beverly which he bought in 2007 and exclusively shows 35mm and 16mm films:
“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 is also not a fan of certain major theater chains forced to close locations due to the pandemic, but does think boutique cinemas will thrive in the near future: “some of these exhibitors who are going, they f–king deserve to go. They have taken all the specialness out of movies anyway.”
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