Blending elements of a classic video store with an arcade, bar, retail and even a place to play board games, the site will be part of the first Alamo Drafthouse to be built in LA. It is the fourth Video Vortex location, joining others in Raleigh, NC, Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco.
The outpost will offer 40,000 titles from the Drafthouse archives free for rent. 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 works.
”Video stores made me a cinephile in the 80s and 90s,” Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League said. “The culture and curation they provided were an essential part of my development and knowledge about movies.” When the chance arose to team up with the “legendary” Vidiots team, he added, there was no hesitation.
”Having Alamo in LA is a movie lovers fantasy realized,” said Maggie Mackay, board chair of the Vidiots Foundation. She added that Drafthouses “commitment to preserving physical media and celebrating video store culture make them dream partners for us.”
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