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Director Quentin Tarantino Says He Purchased Vista Theatre

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Legendary director Quentin Tarantino says he has purchased the nearly century-old Vista Theatre in Los Feliz.

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Women wearing protective face masks walk by a closed Vista Theatre during the coronavirus pandemic on May 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 334,000 lives and infecting over 5.1 million people. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Appearing on Dax Shepard's podcast in an episode released Tuesday, the director of "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" announced he purchased the iconic theatre.

"And I'll announced one thing here that people don't know yet, I bought the Vista," Tarantino said.

The Vista Theatre, located on Sunset Drive, has been closed since the pandemic took hold in March of 2020.

Tarantino said the Vista will only show film prints, nothing digital. He said it will have a different feel to the New Beverly Cinema in the Fairfax District, which Tarantino also owns.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Writer-director Quentin Tarantino attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

"We're gonna probably open it up around Christmas time," he added. "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. It's not gonna be like the New Beverly, the New Beverly has its own vibe, the Vista is like a crown jewel."

The single-screen Vista Theatre first opened in 1923 and has been owned by Vintage Cinemas, which also owns the Los Feliz Theatre on Vermont Avenue.

American Cinematheque is slated to begin showing 35mm films at Los Feliz Theatre this month when it also opens for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

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