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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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Top Family Activities in Mt. Washington

The neighborhood of Mt. Washington in northeast Los Angeles among the San Rafael Hills is located nearby multiple activities the whole family can enjoy. Read on to learn about even more reasons to love living in sunny Los Angeles.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Take your children on an educational and memorable adventure at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (near the Rose Bowl and located in Brookside Park). The museum specializes in providing children the opportunity to learn about science, nature, art, and more through interactive exhibits and environments and museum programming. Kids under 1 get in free and programming is offered for kids between 1 and 10-years-old. The pairing of learning and play teaches children to discover the joy of learning. At the same time, the museum setting encourages families to play together and spend quality time with one another. Various exhibits are also set outdoors, so children can enjoy time outside and learn about physics. Free Family Nights take place between 4 pm and 8 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Go to the museum’s website for more details, visitor information, hours, and ticket pricing.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Does creating your own soda flavor sound like something your family would enjoy doing together? We think it sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience! Craft your own soda at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Once a family-run grocery store, Galco’s offers more than 400 soda flavors. John F. Nese transformed his family’s store Galco’s Old World Grocery into a soda store. The original Italian deli still serves up its famous Blockbuster sandwiches within the store. The Soda Creation Station offers 100 cane sugar syrups. Customers mix their choice of syrups with carbonated water. If you’d rather take home premade soda, your choices are endless. Galco’s carries national flavors, international flavors, and a whirlwind of options. Sodas to choose from include egg cream, dandelion, butterscotch, passionfruit, cucumber, guava, honey, vanilla, strawberry, rhubarb, rose, mango, peach, chocolate, birch, caramel, lavender, and more. Galco’s also stocks 600 types of beer and bottles of champagne, wine, cider, and mead. Kids will enjoy browsing retro and vintage candy and toys. You can also shop from Galco’s online store (a minimum online order is 6 bottles of soda).

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LA River Kayak Safari

Spend a weekend in Elysian Valley and explore the Los Angeles River on the LA River Kayak Safari. With 4.0 stars on Google and 4.5 stars on Yelp, this adventure company is making a splash. LA River Kayak Safari offers two adventure options: an easy and a difficult adventure experience. Different sections of the river measure at different difficulty levels, including both lazy river areas and Class II areas. Get away from city life for a day with your family and learn how to do some urban paddling on the river.

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Moon Canyon Park

Take a traditional trip to the park with your family and enjoy a day at Moon Canyon Park. At 300 San Rafael, Moon Canyon Park is the perfect place to let your children enjoy the playground, go on a trail with the family and your dogs, and feast on a picnic in the sun.

Mt. Washington was founded in 1909. It’s home to the Self-Realization Fellowship and Eldred Street, one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles. To learn more about Mt. Washington, visit Real Estate Unlimited’s website.

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The Food Scene In Mt. Washington

While you’re out and about enjoying the scenery in Mt. Washington and visiting historic and educational sites (like Heritage Square Museum, Southwest Museum, the Lummis House, Judson Studios, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, and more), you’re bound to get hungry. Mt. Washington is nearby a vibrant food scene. Check out the following cafes, restaurants, and walk-up eateries where you can feed your hunger while exploring Mt. Washington in Los Angeles.

Taco Fiesta

Taco Fiesta is an eatery with a walk-up window in Highland Park and near the Southwest Musuem. This taco stand is known for excellent customer service and delicious food. Neighborhood favorites are the carne asada torta, the avocado fries (french fries covered in avocado stuff), and the crunchy tacos. The menu also includes burgers, carnitas, and el pastor. You’ve been warned though, the fries come in big servings. Ask a friend to split them with you.

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Division 3

Division 3 is another walk-up eatery in Glassell Park and near Mt. Washington. Make Divison 3 a stop on your next walk. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio, and the kitchen is open between 7 am and 3 pm. Customers enjoy breakfast all day on the weekends. Popular options on the menu include the corn beef biscuit, chorizo breakfast biscuit, bacon biscuit, french toast, yogurt parfait, and smoked salmon biscuit.

Gloria’s Cafe Highland Park

If Mexican comfort food is something you crave, then you have to stop at Gloria’s Cafe in Highland Park. You’ll find gourmet avocado toast with eggs or bacon, enchiladas suizas, and breakfast tacos with cochinita pibil (pork). The house breakfast is served up with eggs black beans, avocado, and queso fresco. Or try something different with the restaurant’s original churro waffle, salmon toast, and tamale with tomatillo sauce. End the perfect comforting meal with flan or bread pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Parsnip

Seeking more Los Angeles comfort food? Try out Romanian cuisine at Parsnip on York Boulevard in Highland Park. One of the owners of the restaurant is Anca Caliman, who hails from The Lemon Poppy Kitchen team. Taste the Romanian salad, goulash, and polenta. The most popular item is the dumplings. Other items to try include the soup, salads, and wraps.

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Customers enjoy polenta cakes and eggs, plachinta breakfast, sweet potato hash, and cauliflower hash at Lemon Poppy Kitchen. Sip on cold-brew coffee in mason jars while enjoying fresh sandwiches, salads, or breakfast with homemade apricot jelly.

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The Melt Spot

Hop over to Colorado Boulevard for some crepes and milk tea at The Melt Spot. Whether you want a sweet or a savory breakfast, you’ll find something The Melt Spot. For breakfast, try the smoked salmon crepe, the chick and pesto crepe, the banana and nutella crepe, and more. They make boba for milk tea, offer various gelato flavors, and serve up ice blended coffee drinks. Stp in for lunch for a panini and frappe, or come by to snack on a brownie.

Cafe Birde

Take your dinner on Figueroa Street at Cafe Birde. The gorgeous bar and the beautiful outdoor seating area are both fabulous spots to dine at. Try the Arroyo Cup (mezcal, green chili vodka, cucumber, and lime) or the El Diablito (Tequil, mezcal, creme de cassis, lime, agave, and sparkling rose) cocktails while waiting for your plates of Moroccan-spiced fried chicken, grilled trout, braised meatballs, and more.

Turning Fire

Rotisserie chicken will never get boring as long as Turning Fire plates creative and innovative chicken dishes. Located in the Eagle Rock area, this rotisserie kitchen offers natural, seasonal food. The LA Street Fries (hand-cut fries covered in chile corn, picked red onion, cotija cheese, scallions, and cilantro lime creme) a big crowd pleaser and are on the Nite Bites Menu (offered after 5 pm). Other popular items include the Trenchtown Bowl (arugula, baby spinach, jerked chicken, jicama, red peppers, white yams, pickled carrots, scallions, corn, cashews, Caribbean pepper dressing) and the Grilled Steak Plate. Don’t forget to try some of the creative drink options at Turning Fire like the Pink Palmer (pink lemonade and iced tea), agua frescas, kombucha, and cold-brewed coffee.

Spoke Bicycle Cafe

It’s easy to feel lost as a cyclist or a pedestrian in a big city. Swing by the Spoke Bicycle Cafe on the Los Angeles River Bike Path in Elysian Valley (also known as “Frogtown”). Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica wanted to open a community spot where people can enjoy being active and enjoy delicious, healthy food. You can get your bicycle fixed, rent a bicycle, buy accessories, records, and t-shirts, and enjoy community events, all in one spot. The Spoke Bicycle Cafe cooks up banana peanut butter toast, breakfast scramble, California chopped salad (greens, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, beets, corn, etc.), burgers, avocado toast on sesame sourdough), smashed blackberry and goat cheese toast, and more. There are gluten-free and vegan versions of most dishes. Breakfast is available all day, including bagels from Maury’s. If thirst is what you’re feeling, then choose an espresso drink, fresh lemonade, wine, beer, and kombucha.

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Kitchen Mouse

If gluten is a problem for you, then you have go by the Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park. Erica Daking started by catering out of her home kitchen. Today she serves up her food at Kitchen Mouse. Everything in Daking’s kitchen is vegan and is free of gluten and refined sugar. Additionally, her menu marks items that are soy free and nut free. Check out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends at Kitchen Mouse. The Moro’s cakes are the most popular item (black bean and brown rice vegetarian patties). Vegans will appreciate the tempeh ruben, Avocado TLT (avocado, tomato, and tempeh on millet and flax toast), and the House Pancakes (oat, buckwheat, and corn flour with fruit, coconut, and maple with coconut whip). If a traditional breakfast is what you’re craving, then try the huevos rancheros, french toast, breakfast tacos with cilantro serrano slaw and organic corn tortillas, and the chilaquiles. Kids will love the gluten-free, vegan mac, the grilled cheese, and the snickerdoodle pancakes.

For lunch, order the dal bowl (brown rice, red lentil dal, cucumber mint salad, and chutney) or the buffalo bowl (brown rice, black beans, collards, yams, and buffalo sauce).

Let your taste buds guide you, and enjoy the food scene in Mt. Washington!

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