Mixed-Use Apartment Building To Wrap Los Feliz’s Vista Theatre

El Parador ElevationEl Parador Elevation via Edward Carlson

Last year, director Quentin Tarantino purchased Los Feliz’s iconic Vista Theatre, with the intention of adding a cafe and arcade to the property. Project plans have been updated with the addition of an apartment complex which will wrap the perimeter of the 1920s landmark. The project, named El Parador, will rise from an L- shaped site located at 4477-4483 Hollywood Boulevard and 1510-1516 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Conroy Commercial is the project applicant. Edward Carlson and landscape architect Harmony Gardens are in the design team.

El Parador

El Parador via Edward Carlson

Plans call for the construction of a six-story building featuring 29 residences. The residences will be a mix of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom apartments above two ground-floor restaurants. The building facade will rise to a height of 72 feet, with residential area totaling 3,211 square feet. The building will provide parking for 35 vehicles. Plans include a rooftop amenity deck and a second-floor recreation room.

Requested entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities incentives permitting a taller building with less open space than otherwise required by zoning rules. In exchange, three of the new apartments will be set aside for rent as affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

El Parador Aerial View

El Parador Aerial View via Edward Carlson

The designed juxtaposes together a facade made in white stucco, gray precast concrete trim, patterned glazed tiles, terra cotta roof tiles, and wrought iron light fixtures and balconies. The architectural design of the building speaks to a classical Spanish style that is harmonious with this older part of Los Angeles. Arched entryways, stucco grilles, and string courses are just some of the architectural elements that blend the designs into a modern building.

The development site sits near a three-way intersection where Hollywood and Hillhurst cross Sunset Boulevard, and short walk north of Sunset Junction.

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