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Quentin Tarantino Buys Another Historic LA Theater

Quentin Tarantino purchases another classic Hollywood movie theater, the Vista Theatre, which is set to reopen towards the end of the year.

Quentin Tarantino announced that he purchased the Vista Theatre located in Los Angeles. The Vista Theatre is the second historic LA theater now owned by the famed director, the first being the New Beverly Cinema located only a few short miles from the Vista. Widely known as one of cinema’s most devoted cinephiles, Tarantino’s decision to buy these classic theaters is a part of his effort to preserve the history of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Tarantino recently appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast, where he first announced his purchase of the theater. He plans to “open [the Vista] up around Christmastime” and is adamant that the theater will show movies printed on film. The director also explained how the Vista’s Theatre’s programming would differ from the New Beverly, saying that the Vista will “show new stuff” in addition to classic films. You can read the full quote as transcribed by Variety below:

When we opened up the New Beverly about two weeks ago, in June, we sold out every single show. And I’ll announce one thing here that people don’t know yet: I bought the Vista. We’re going to probably open it up around Christmastime. And again, only film. But it won’t be a revival house — we’ll show new movies that come out where they give us a film print, we’ll show new stuff. It’s not going to be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe. The Vista is like a crown jewel kind of thing. So it will be the best prints, we’ll show older films, but they’ll be like older films where you can hold a fortnight engagement.

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Tarantino has long been a critic of corporate encroachment in the film industry, particularly in the way that multimillion-dollar theater corporations and franchise blockbusters cannibalize the market share from independent venues and filmmakers. His decision to program classic films in his theaters may be seen as his personal act of resistance against big-budget Hollywood. With the director’s next film tentatively planned to be his last, it seems that Quentin Tarantino will continue to keep busy in his retirement managing and programming for both the New Beverly Cinema and the Vista Theatre.

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Source: Armchair Expert (via Variety)

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