The Vista was the brain child of a local medical doctor, Dr. Sukum, who from what I gathered had a sort of celebrity status in the Udon of yesteryear. In its hay day, the Vista was an all out entertainment complex, complete with a bowling alley on the second floor. It must have been a real hoot.
But as with all the great theaters, the Vista lingers on listlessly as a shell of its former self, withering away year in and year out, through pounding rain and blazing sun, until the cold hand of economy decides it fate. With any luck, that cold hand will be full of cash and attached to a warm heart.
Wasn't able to get an exact DOB, but I think it was sometime in the late 50's early 60's. Don't quote me on that.
The trash strewn lobby still contains a sign with movie show times. Notice that the last show of the day was at 24:00 -- a mid-night special.
20-plus years have passed since its been vacant, I was told.