Sunday, January 29, 2017
"Throw Momma from the Train"
Owen (Danny DeVito) goes to the movies at the Vista Theatre about twenty minutes into "Throw Momma from the Train" (Orion Pictures, 1987). The plot has to do with Owen wanting his mother bumped off and he's trying to talk his former teacher Larry (Billy Crystal) into doing it. In return he offers to kill Larry's ex-wife.
Yes, unlike Hitchcock's version, this is a comedy. DeVito directed a cast that also includes Oprah Winfrey, Rob Reiner, Kate Mulgrew and Branford Marsalis. Thanks to Chas Demster for the screenshot -- he's got it on his page about shooting locations for the film on the blog Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles.
See the Los Angeles Theatres page on the Vista Theatre for photos inside and out. It opened in 1923 and is still going strong as a single screen first run venue.
On IMDb: "Throw Momma From the Train"