Mixed-use building to wrap Vista Theater in Los Feliz

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Last year, director Quentin Tarantino has revealed he bought Los Feliz’s iconic Vista Theater, with plans to add a cafe and arcade to the property. Now and adjacent landlord is looking to build an apartment complex that would wrap around the perimeter of the 1920s monument, according to a request recently handed over to the Urban Planning Department.

Looking northeast from Hollywood BoulevardEdward Carlson

The project, named El Parador, would rise from an L-shaped site at 4477-4483 W. Hollywood Boulevard and 1510-1516 N. Hillhurst Avenue. The applicant, an entity associated with Los Angeles-based real estate company Conroy Commercial, is seeking approvals for the construction of a six-story, 72-foot-tall building comprising 29 two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments above two restaurants on the ground floor, totaling 3,211 square feet of space, and parking for 35 vehicles.

The requested rights include Incentives for Transit-Oriented Communities allowing a taller building with less open space than is otherwise required by zoning rules. In exchange, three of the new apartments would be reserved for rental as affordable housing at the extremely low income level.


Aerial view of the roof terraceEdward Carlson

Edward Carlson and landscape architect Gardens of Harmony highlight the design team of El Parador, which would include a roof terrace and a recreation room on the second floor.

“The massing of the building features varying architectural treatments and materials that accentuate the form of the building,” reads the findings included in the lawsuit. “The design incorporates smooth white stucco, gray precast concrete trim, patterned glazed tiles, terracotta roof tiles and wrought iron fixtures and balconies, which are seamlessly integrated into the exterior of the building, effectively breaking up the mass of the street wall. The architectural design of the building speaks of a classic Spanish style that is harmonious with this older part of Los Angeles, and the materials featured complement the style. The arched entrances, the Stucco railings and string courses are just some of the architectural elements that seek to achieve this overall vision of a modern building that nods to the historic ties of the adjacent neighborhood.”


4477 Hollywood BoulevardGoogle Maps

The development site is near a busy three-way intersection where Hollywood and Hillhurst cross Sunset Boulevard, and a short walk north of Sunset Junction, where developer Frost Chaddock proposed a pair of similar apartment buildings in the Junction Gateway project. El Parador would also rise directly across Hillhurst from The Elinor, an even larger mixed-use complex comprising 202 apartments and commercial uses on the ground floor which is expected to open for move-in in July.

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