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Iconic L.A. Video Store Vidiots to Reopen in 2020

  • Variety
Vidiots, the beloved Santa Monica video-store-turned-film-nonprofit, will reopen next fall as a store and movie theater in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood.

The nonprofit announced on Monday that it would restore the 90-year-old, 200-seat Eagle Theatre to its original purpose as an independent theater with state-of-the-art sound and projection, and offer a full program of repertory titles, indies, hard-to-find titles, classics and community-driven programs. An adjacent storefront will house Vidiots’ 50,000-plus DVD, BluRay and VHS collection for rental.

The Santa Monica brick-and-mortar on Pico Boulevard was shuttered in early 2017, and the titles had been in storage since then. The store was well regarded for the expertise of its staff.

“Vidiots relaunching on the cusp of our 35th birthday is a triumph for Los Angeles film history and cements the legacy of Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber as innovators in L.A. film culture,” Vidiots executive director Maggie Mackay said.
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Vidiots Lives: La’s Iconic Video Store to Reopen in Fall 2020, Complete With Its Own Theater

  • Indiewire
Vidiots Lives: La’s Iconic Video Store to Reopen in Fall 2020, Complete With Its Own Theater
Great news for Los Angeles cinephiles! The iconic alternative video store Vidiots, which first opened in La in 1985, is now reopening, with a new storefront in the Eagle Rock neighborhood set to be unveiled in fall 2020. (Deadline has the full scoop.) The new location is being billed as a community entertainment space, and will not only include a video store housing more than 50,000 titles in a variety of formats, but also a new theater as well. The screening room will be housed in the restored Eagle Theatre, which first opened as the Yosemite Theatre in 1929, and will present a lineup of repertory titles, new independent films, cult classics, and more.

Vidiots supporter and filmmaker Jason Reitman (next directing yet another “Ghostbusters” film) donated a 35mm projection system to the theater. “Los Angeles should have more movie theaters, not fewer, and Vidiots has come to give all us punch-drunk film lovers
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Vidiots Sets L.A. Relaunch With Storefront And Independent Theater

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Vidiots is officially coming back! The iconic Los Angeles-based video store-turned-film nonprofit organization is set to relaunch in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood via an entertainment community space with an independent theater and a storefront. The new Vidiots home is set to open its doors in fall 2020

The new Vidiots theater will be housed in a restored 90-year-old, 200-seat Eagle Theatre and will include a state-of-the-art sound and projection. It will offer a full program of repertory titles, new independents, obscure cult favorites, beloved classics and community-driven programs. Adjacent to the theater will be a storefront that will include Vidiots’ 50,000-plus DVD, Blu-ray and rare VHS collection for rental. The location will also have a multi-purpose second screening room for film programs, educational workshops, and special events. In addition, Vidiots will keep it community-focused by partnering with local food and beverage venues to provide an ever-changing menu.

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Alamo Drafthouse Partners With Vidiots On Video Vortex La Programs

Alamo Drafthouse is teaming with iconic video store-turned-non-profit Vidiots on programming initiatives at the Austin-based exhibitor’s Video Vortex location in its soon-to-launch site in downtown La.

Blending elements of a classic video store with an arcade, bar, retail and even a place to play board games, the Video Vortex will be part of the first Alamo Drafthouse to open in La. The circuit has three other Video Vortex outposts, in Raleigh, Nc, Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco.

The location will offer 40,000 titles from the Drafthouse archives free for rent on DVD and Blu-ray. The Vidiots Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse are kicking off the collaboration with “Tales from the Video Store,” a series that will feature guests recalling their experiences and discoveries in video stores. A year-long program of screenings, as well as Vidiots-branded merchandise, is in the plans.

”Video stores made me a cinephile in the ’80s and ‘90s,
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Listen to Heather Wixson and Maggie Mackay Celebrate 30 Years of Heathers on a New Episode of Corpse Club

"How very." Heather Wixson is joined by special guest Maggie Mackay of the Vidiots Foundation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Heathers on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

Get ready for a killer round of croquet, because Corpse Club co-host Heather Wixson is joined by Vidiots Foundation Executive Director Maggie Mackay to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Heathers! Listen as Heather and Maggie discuss Michael Lehmann's unforgettable high school dark comedy, including the film's bold performances, satirical social commentary, fearless screenplay (written by Daniel Waters), endlessly quotable dialogue, and its undeniable influence on pop culture and generations of filmmakers. Heather and Maggie also talk about the Heathers 30th anniversary screening in Los Angeles that features a Q&A with Lehmann, Waters, and co-star Lisanne Falk, presented by the Vidiots Foundation, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Ace Hotel. So, sit back, relax, and prepare for big fun
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