Quentin Tarantino die-hards, who until now have had to study up on their master’s chopsocky faves by hunting down old VHS copies of “Duel of the Iron Fist” and “Seven Blows of the Dragon,” are in for an easier time.
The “Kill Bill” director is in negotiations to lease the vacant King Hing theater in Los Angeles’ Chinatown district, where he’ll serve up his kind of fare: Besides chopsocky, expect spaghetti Westerns and ’70s blaxploitation flicks. And stuff with lots of blood.
Tarantino also plans to restore the hundreds of old Chinese-lingo pics in storage at the theater and show them, too, along with films from his expansive library.
“Hopefully, he’ll sneak in a ‘Kill Bill’ every now and then,” says George Yu, exec director of the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council. “How much cooler would it be to see a Quentin Tarantino movie in a Quentin Tarantino theater? It’s not the ArcLight, but…”
The Band Apart founder grew up watching old Chinese martial arts pics at the 425-seat King Hing, which stopped showing movies in the mid-1990s. It was the last of the three Chinatown movie houses to close, and is the only one still in working condition.
Tarantino isn’t the first helmer to bring his passion for pics directly to the public. Francis Ford Coppola is overseeing renovation of the Uptown Theater in Napa, an Art Deco movie house built in 1937, where he plans to hold screenings and movie premieres.