Wednesday, October 3, 2007


4473 Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6639

Review by "Benovite" from the Home Theater Forum on 09/24/07

It's been around since before your mother was born and it looks it; if your mother had extensive plastic surgery. Not like it looks as if it's been added to and grossly exaggerated. It looks like the grand theater, ok maybe not so grand, but it's a charming single screen movie theater that screens first run big movies. And in the marquee below the films logo the director is always listed. As if you needed to know who directed Phantom Menace or Kill Bill.

Speaking of which, I've seen a bunch of movies at the Vista, 2 Star Wars prequels included(I was in Amsterdam for Episode 3- drats! and a few Quentin Tarantino movies.

Let me just say this: The Vista WAS the DEFINITIVE place to watch the Rodriguez/Tarantino/mish-mash directors efforts that collectively came together to form Grindhouse. Actually any Tarantino movie should be seen at the Vista because of the retro/rock vibe of the neighborhood.

Sure you could have caught it up the street on the dome at the Arclight.

But does a movie(s) like Grindhouse deserve that grand, hi-tech treatment?
Hell no.

Grindhouse was best viewed at The Vista because of the age of the theater and the aged, ragged attempted nature of the Grindhouse experience.

You didn't need 3-D glasses because the Vista provided the added dimension.

Cinema Grade = B

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