Category: Los Feliz

Vista Theater

The historic Vista Theater in Los Feliz is a cultural landmark and artifact of life in Los Angeles. Located at 4473 Sunset Drive, this antique movie theater features a 50-foot movie screen, vintage architecture, and cement handprints from famous actors, actresses, and directors.

Spend a night out and go see a movie or the occasional concert at the Vista. It’s also available for special events, birthdays, and weddings. Many filmmakers have used the Vista as a shooting location and have premiered their films on its screen.

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This famous silver screen was opened in October of 1923, which means that it is almost one-hundred-years-old. Back in the roaring twenties, the theater went by the name Lou Bard Playhouse and it hosted vaudeville shows before it screened the film Tips, starring actress Baby Peggy.

Today, the Vista Theater projects films on both a Sony Digital projector as well as a 35 mm film projector. For example, Interstellar (directed by Christopher Nolan) was screened on 35 mm film at the Vista a week before its national premiere. Contemporary films are screened on a regular basis at the Visa now. The Secret Movie Club Film Festival of 2017 features movies screened every weekend of the month of August. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to see classics (like Freaks, Blue Velvet, Dr. Strangelove, and Roadhouse) on the big screen. Find out more here.

The Egyptian aesthetic in the building’s décor was popular in America in the twenties, and this historic building was designed by Lewis A. Smith. Think of Intolerance (1916) by D.W. Griffith. Ronald Wright later added etchings of hieroglyphics to the design. The original layout of the theater space contained 838 seats, but half of the seating was removed later to increase legroom for audience members. Now the Vista is known for “the most legroom in Hollywood.”

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Check out this YouTube video by American Public Media to learn more. Thomas Theaters renovated the Vista Theater during the eighties, and it is currently owned by Lance Alspaugh.

You may have been to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but don’t forget to visit the forecourt at the Vista Theater, where you’ll see the cement handprints of famous Hollywood actors and directors. Are you a Spike Jonze fan? Love laughing at John C. Reily? Or are you more into John Landis films? See the mark left by the cast and crew of famous pictures like Ed Wood, Swingers, Show Girls, Poltergeist, and more. Baby Peggy herself was featured in a handprint ceremony at the Vista when she was 91-years-old to celebrate the theater’s history. Other celebrated artists include Tenacious D, Ray Harryhausen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Penelope Spheeris, Vilmos Zsigmond, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and more.

About Los Feliz:

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles known for its history as a California land grant and as the home of various Hollywood celebrities. Los Feliz was the neighborhood where Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage, and it was home to his first animation studio. Today, Los Feliz covers two-and-a-half acres of land and is home to approximately 35,500 citizens. The borders of Los Feliz touch the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, the Los Angeles River, and the Hollywood Hills.

The Rancho Los Feliz land grant was a parcel of land covering six-and-a-half acres. It was granted to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz (the neighborhood’s namesake). In Griffith Park, you’ll see the adobe home his children built, which still exists. Now, the same land is what we know as Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

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Visit Los Feliz Village for excellent shopping, dining, nightlife, and vintage stores. Drive by Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Hills, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz Square, and Los Feliz Knolls to get to know the neighborhood better. Celebrities like Adam Levine, James Cameron, Jenji Kohan, Geena Davis, Lily Tomlin, Val Kilmer, Beck, Spike Jonze, Katherine Heigl, Brad Pitt and more have lived in Los Feliz.

Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include:

-The Franklin Avenue Bridge (“The Shakespeare Bridge”)

-The Ennis House, the Sowden House, and the Hollyhock House, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

-The Los Feliz Heights Steps

-The Lovell Health House, designed by Richard Neutra

-The First Walt Disney Animation Studio and the Animation School for the Walt Disney Studios

-The original Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz and the great city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Los Feliz is a Los Angeles neighborhood that is home to Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, and the modern architecture like the famous Ennis House. One of the community’s most loved landmarks is the Los Angeles Zoo. Before it opened, the Griffith Park Zoo (built in 1912) was open to the public. In 1963, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), a nonprofit organization, was formed to fund the building of the new zoo. The Los Angeles Zoo opened in 1966, covers 133 acres, and houses 1,100 animals.

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The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 and is owned by the City of Los Angeles. It is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm. Note that the zoo stops selling tickets at 4 pm and starts putting the animals to sleep at 4 pm. Free parking is available to visitors. You may want to look into combo tickets that are also for the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Natural History Museum, into military discounts, and into group discounts.

Since 2002, the zoo is also home to a Botanical Gardens that includes 7,400 plants. Wildlife conservation is practiced at the zoo, where California condors are taken care of as well as mountain tapirs. Animals are given medical care at the Gottlieb Animal Health and Conservation Center.

While at the zoo, be sure to stop by the following exhibits:

-Dinosaur Unextinct at the LA Zoo (where you can do a fossil dig and enjoy educational content with the purchase of a separate ticket)

-Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains

-Campo Gorilla Reserve

-Rainforest of the Americas (where animals from tropical areas live, including howler monkeys, toucans, piranhas, bird-eating spiders, and a jaguar)

-Elephants of Asia

-The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles)

-Red Ape Rain Forest

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In addition to the exhibits, you can view the Worlds of Birds Show, in which endangered birds perform acts at show times throughout the day. (Shows are not held on Tuesdays.) At the Neil Papiano Play Park, children can play on the climbing playground and families can enjoy picnics.  At the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, families can watch presentations and visit the Muriel’s Ranch, the petting zoo where kids can pet animals and brush them.

If needed, you can rent a wheelchair at the zoo or a stroller (both single and double strollers are available).

If you get hungry, there is plenty of food and dining at the zoo. Reggie’s Bistro, named after the North American alligator Reggie, serves a full menu, craft beer, and wine. You can also stop by the Zoo Grill, Sweet Treats, Cafe Pico (offering beer, aguas frescas, and Mexican food), Mahale Cafe, La Casita, and Gorilla Grill. The Churro Factory serves delicious churros filled with caramel, cream, or strawberry and sundaes, pretzels, and popcorn. There’s something for every taste.

You can shop at the International Marketplace for books, stuffed animals, and gifts (including dinosaur items). If you need things on the go, like hats, sunscreen, and cameras, you can shop at the Safari Station.

Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles that is bordered by Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Feliz is made up of what originally was Rancho Los Feliz. It is known as the home of many celebrities and is the site of two original designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the Hollyhock Home and the Ennis House.

Other landmarks in Los Feliz include:

-Griffith Park

-Berendo Stairs

-Griffith Observatory

-Greek Theatre

If you get a chance to visit the Los Angeles Zoo, we hope you enjoy it!

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The Greek Theatre

The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue where professional concerts, high school graduations, and community events take place. Located in Los Feliz at 2700 North Vermont Ave, The Greek was designed by Samuel Tilden Norton and constructed in 1929.

The idea for the theatre is credited to Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), an American mining industrialist (born in Wales). He purchased the Rancho Los Feliz Mexican land grant in the late 1800s. Griffith donated the land (approximately 3,000 acres) to the city of Los Angeles in 1896, which became Griffith Park, and he funded the building of The Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. Griffith stipulated that the theatre should be crafted in the style of Greek theatres. Traditionally, Greek theatres were outdoor structures where tragedies and comedies were performed to honor the gods. The chorus narrated the action with musical accompaniment. Orchestras were also common in these theatres (an area in the middle of the theatre where the scenes were performed).

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The Greek in Los Feliz, located in Griffith Park, has almost six thousand seats. It was upgraded during the 50’s, it was used as barracks during the second world war, and it was renovated in 1995. SMG has been managing the theatre since 2015. It’s home to many concerts and the graduation site for John Marshall High School and Thomas Starr King Middle School. The venue was featured in the film Get Him to the Greek (2010), starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand.

The Greek has hosted artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Sir Elton John, Carlos Santana, and more. It’s also been the location of television shows and films. You can also enjoy food and libations at The Greek at the north and south concession stands, the Agora Coffee Bar, the Plaza Bar, and the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.

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The Ennis House – A Temple to Modern Architecture in Los Feliz

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Falling Water may be the most famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, but this prolific architect created memorable buildings throughout America, including several in California. The Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz is home to the Ennis House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design meant to invoke the surrounding desert and the region’s ancient history. In this post, we’ll take a virtual tour of this Southern California original.

If you’d like to learn about another Los Angeles landmark, check out this blog post about the Holyland Exhibition in Silver Lake!

The Ennis House was commissioned by Charles and Mabel Ennis in 1923 and built in 1924. The house is the fourth and largest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile block designs, constructed primarily of molded concrete blocks in a unique graphic pattern meant to invoke ancient Mayan temples. The Ennis House complex is constructed of over 27,000 of these handmade concrete blocks. Frank Lloyd Wright was fascinated by innovative textures and building materials throughout his career, and this quartet of homes comprise a historic experiment in creative use of building materials.

The Ennis House is sometimes referred to as an example of “Mayan Revival” architecture. Bas-relief designs on the concrete blocks are patterned after symmetrical bas-relief sculptures in the ancient temple city of Uxmal in Mexico. The design also features an exterior gate made of wrought iron bent into a striking geometric pattern.

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The Ennis House faced significant setbacks during construction, mostly owing to its unusual makeup. Concrete blocks at the lower levels buckled under the weight above, causing unevenness and structural instability. The concrete was mixed with local granite in order to create a special color and texture. Unfortunately, this admixture created impurities in the final product, weakening the concrete blocks further.

Once construction reached the upper levels, Mabel and Charles Ennis took over, announcing several changes to the original design. Although these changes were intended to limit the structural instability and cost overruns of the building, they didn’t altogether succeed. Always vulnerable, the Ennis House was damaged during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, suffering further damage during record rains in 2004 and 2005. With over fifteen million dollars in estimated repairs, the future of the Ennis House was uncertain. In 2005, the house was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

In 2006, a FEMA grant was issued to begin restoration on the house, and more funds were made available by a construction loan through First Republic Bank. Reconstruction included a new structural support system and a new roof. In 2009, the Ennis House was placed on the market, eventually selling in 2011 to its current owner, billionaire Ron Burkle. A condition of the sale was that Ennis House be open to visitors twelve days each year.

To take a virtual tour of another iconic local home, click here to read our blog post about Silver Lake’s Chandelier Tree!

The Ennis House has inspired Hollywood for decades, beginning its cinematic career back in 1933 when it became a shooting location. Its unearthly façade has appeared in classics like The Haunting of Hill House, The Day of the Locust, and Blade Runner. Its interior, which reminds many visitors of a cathedral, has appeared in still more films, including The Replacement Killers and The Thirteenth Floor. Many filmmakers have used the Ennis House as an exotic setting – in Rush Hour, it was transformed into a penthouse apartment in a futuristic Hong Kong skyscraper.

Today, the Ennis House is a pilgrimage site for cinema buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. If you’re planning to visit Los Angeles, why not plan a side trip to Los Feliz so you can pay tribute to this one-of-a-kind urban temple?

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Berendo Stairs to Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz

Looking for some adventure in Los Feliz? Try finding all of the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, starting with the Berendo Stairs that lead to the Griffith Observatory. Spending a day on a walk looking for a hidden staircase is a great opportunity to get some exercise and mix up your daily routine.

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Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles that covers approximately two and half square miles. It is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood. It was originally Rancho Los Feliz, and it eventually became the birthplace of Mickey Mouse when Walt Disney drew the famous character in his uncle’s garage. Los Feliz is also the home to Disney’s first animation studio and many celebrities who live there. You can view two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original designs in Los Feliz: the Ennis House and the Hollyhock House.

The entrance to the Berendo Stairs (created in 1924) is located at Berendo Street and Cromwell Avenue. The stairs are recognized by the city as having historical status. There is a resting stop at the midpoint of the stairs (there are 181 steps in total) where there are two benches to sit on. This is a beautiful and romantic spot in the summer, covered by bougainvillea flowers.

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To get to the Griffith Observatory, make your way up the Berendo Stairs, go up a second set of stairs, and eventually you’ll come across a dirt path that will take you to the observatory. From the Griffith Observatory, you’ll be able to see the Hollywood Sign and Downtown L.A. Eat-n-Explore has some detailed directions here.

The Griffith Observatory, which opened in 1935 and was renovated in 2002, is named after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. It covers about 3,000 acres of land and features an art deco interior and educational displays on astronomy. Admission to the observatory is free. You can also view the Ennis House from here, which was built in 1924 and was featured in the film Blade Runner.

If you haven’t done so already, spend some visiting Griffith Park. It covers about 4,000 acres, and it has a lot to offer for those with different activities and interests in mind. People go to the park to play tennis, hike the trails, use the equestrian trails, have picnics, ride the train, and go golfing. You can also see the Hollywood Sign from the park, visit the Los Angeles Zoo, and see the Autry National Center. The park is open between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm.

Here are some other “secret” staircases to put on your list as you explore L.A.:

-Music Box Steps

-Baxter Stairways

-Santa Monica Stairs

-Beachwood Canyon Stairs (This one is 800 steps!)

Have fun exploring the stairs in Los Angeles!

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Famous Los Feliz Restaurants

Los Feliz is a famous neighborhood in the center of Los Angeles surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Feliz is spotted with beautiful historic architecture and is home to many of Hollywood’s well-loved celebrities. If you’re visiting L.A., or interested in moving to L.A., you will want to check out the famous Los Feliz restaurants in the area.

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Tam O’Shanter

First, start with Tam O’Shanter, a Scottish restaurant that has been around since 1922. A Tam O’Shanter is a bonnet worn in Scotland. This restaurant is located on Los Feliz boulevard and offers beer, whiskey, sandwiches, toffee bread pudding, brisket and sweet corn fritters. Don’t forget to enjoy the butterscotch creme brulee or the peanut butter fudge brownie among the Scottish decor.

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Jerry’s Famous Deli

After enjoying a meal in this Scottish pub, stop by Jerry’s Famous Deli for a taste of old Hollywood. Jerry’s has been around since 1978 and first opened in Studio City. This deli offers American cuisine, including gluten free options. There are ten locations across the states of California and Florida. Some locations are open 24-7 as well, for when you need a late night snack. Try out the cobb salad, matzo soup, brisket, cheeseburger with mashed potatos, tuna melt and/or pastrami pizza. Jerry’s cookies are also a very popular item.

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Home Restaurant

“There’s no place like home,” are the wise words sprawled across the archway to the entrance of Home Restaurant in Los Feliz. This restaurant definitely has a homey vibe. The warm yellow light spreads around the building among the indoor and outdoor seating. Stop by for a taste of home with the jerk chicken wrap, salads and sandwiches, curried chicken, mom’s chicken noodle soup, chicken pomodoro or a veggie wrap.

Little Dom’s

If you need a taste of New York Italian-American food, you have to eat at Little Dom’s on Hillhurst Ave. This neighborhood restaurant was opened by Warner Ebbink and offers an amazing menu cooked with seasonal and local ingredients. The decor is described as modern Rat Pack, with a wooden bar, white marble countertops and upcycled leaded glass windows that reflect a lavender light on the space. Little Dom’s menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit this eatery in the morning to enjoy some blueberry ricotta pancakes, or come by later in the day for wood-oven pizza, meatball sandiwches on focaccia, rice balls, cracker crust pizza and homemade linguine carbonara.

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Yuca’s

A review of famous Los Feliz restaurants would definitely be incomplete without some Mexican cuisine that California is known for. If you’re going to eat Mexican in Los Feliz, there’s no questions about it, you have to check out Yuca’s burritos. These burritos are called the best-ever by many regulars. Yuca’s offers carne asada, machaca (shredded beef) and carnitas in burrito or taco form. Yuca’s was founded by a family in 1976 and has been a popular taco stand ever since. It was called one of “American’s Classics” in 2005 and was granted the Beard Award.

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Messhall

Last on our list but definitely not least, the Messhall is located on Los Feliz Blvd and Hillhurst Ave in Los Angeles. This gastro tavern is overseen by Executive Chef Shane Pritchett. Come by on a Monday night for the burger and beer special or on a Tuesday for the oyster bar and the one-dollar-tacos. The Messhall serves brunch, lunch and offers a happy hour. Regulars are big fans of the kale salad, Maine lobster mac and cheese, fish and chips, steak tartar tacos, short rib poutine and the famous banana cream jar pie for a sweet treat.

We hope you enjoy some good eats in Los Feliz. If you have any questions about this neighborhood and about the available real estate in Los Angeles, feel free to contact the team at Los Angeles Real Estate Unlimited.