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 SDGE’s New Time Periods For Energy Usage Back Page Lego Building Program at the Oceanside Library Art Art in the Village Celebrates its 20th Year August 12th 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.