The Vista Theater is one of Los Angeles' very finest movie theaters and is located at 4473 Sunset Drive. It opened in 1923 with Baby Peggy in Tips plus a number of vaudeville acts on stage. At the time of opening the seating capacity in the theater was for 838 guests. Today the independently run theater seats just 638 visitors. Alongside its elegant facade, the interior is the true stunner at this old single screen palace in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.
The interior has a lavish fantasy cosmic "Egyptian" style decor with reassuringly subdued lighting that makes it a very visually appealing environment. There are a number of alternating rows of seats that have been removed, providing enormous legroom and a comfortable distance from the person sitting behind. The seats are comfortable and do have a cup holder, but are primitive in style and design. Thoroughly revamped sound system usually amped up to visceral levels make listening a treat.
The crowd is usually remarkably civilized. Locals for the most part are the main component of the people who frequent the theater while visitors have also been known to filter in. The theater offers an old world vibe that is rich and pleasing to the newcomer in LA.