Quentin Tarantino Purchases LA’s Vista Theater
“I bought the Vista on Sunset,” said Tarantino.
“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. The New Beverly has its vibe.”
Tarantino had bought the Landmark New Beverly in 2007. That venue, which shows 35mm and 16mm films, reopened last month.
“The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing,” said Tarantino.
“We’ll show older films, but it will be like you can hold a four-night engagement.”
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director did not offer additional details about the recent purchase but made clear his feelings about the current state of the exhibition, saying some chains “have taken all the specialness out of movies.”
Tarantino’s films are marked by linear plots, dark comedy, stylized violence, lengthy conversation, ensemble casts, references to popular culture, and alternate history. His films have a cult following and have won critical and economic success as well. He has won numerous prizes in the business, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and the Palme d’Or. He was nominated for an Emmy and five Grammys. He was named to the annual Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2005. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich dubbed him “his generation’s most significant director.”
Tarantino and his ‘projects have been a subject of controversy. From depictions of violence, with “Django Unchained,” his relationship with convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, and alleged negligence in his handling of stunt scenes in “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” he has always been in the news.
He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2015 for his services to the cinema business. Tarantino is also known for his film soundtracks, which frequently use songs from the 1960s and 1970s. In 2011, he was honored with the inaugural Music+Film Award at the 16th Critics’ Choice Awards.
Tarantino said that he believes “boutique cinemas” might “thrive in this time.”
“And I am not talking about the La-Z-Boy, order nachos and margaritas. I like the Alamo Drafthouse a lot, but I have a living room. I want to go to the theater.”
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Ojaswin Kathuria. Map by Urvashi Makwana)