Back PageVistaCommunityEntertainmentEventsNews 1959-2018 Vista Landmark Demolished March 28, 2018 1 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Long time Vista landmark, the Vista Entertainment Center, built in 1959 by Bill Harmatz, was a meeting spot for friends and bowling enthusiasts for over 59 years. It is currently being leveled for a Honda Dealership. Thanks for the memories. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Back Page Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Selects Bret Schanzenbach as its New CEO Back Page Sheriff’s Department to Kick-off Annual Holiday Watch Program Back Page Vista Homicide – Update 1 COMMENT The VEC (or the Vista Bowl back then) was built by a partnership in 1959. Bill Harmatz and a local contractor (Leroy “Hutch” Hutchins, who owned Hutchins Concrete at the corner of Melrose and Vista Way next to the fire station) became partners. Bill put up $11k for the land and Hutch built the building for $74k. When Hutch’s wife got sick in 1976, he sold out to Bill. I worked a couple summers for Hutch way back when. Both were great community minded guys. Hate to see this place go. http://www.californiabowlingnews.com/assets/021011.pdf Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.