Amoeba Music is a giant gem whether you’re searching for vinyl, CDs, or cultural memorabilia. Amid the supersized collection are approximately 100,000 new and used films for sale, mostly on DVD and Blu-Ray. The catalog is up-to-date with new titles stocked with care, while their used collection is equally robust. Angelenos eagerly buy, sell, and trade at Amoeba – it follows that in the heart of Hollywood, you can expect an eclectic variety of titles with diamonds most definitely in the rough for those willing to roll up their sleeves.
Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 245 6400
CineFile Video reclaims the art of discovery in an age when streaming services anticipate our desires, likes, and dislikes with a soulless science. Using an unexpected filing system with categories such as Southern Discomfort for crime thrillers set in the South, Big Goofy Monsters, Space Nudies, and Man’s Best Friend, the shop organizes their collection of 42,000 titles in a way that mimics a human recommendation. Situated proudly among LA’s Analog Alley in Japantown, go to CineFile for a well-curated library that puts the pleasure and serendipity back in browsing.
CineFile Video, 11280 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 312 8836
Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee
At a time when even renting a DVD seems retro, Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee in NoHo is truly an exception to the rule – their collection of 55,000 titles are almost exclusively on VHS. Specializing in American film with an emphasis on early Hollywood releases, EBSM’s catalog, which you can search comprehensively online, includes many hard-to-find titles along with the standard classics. To the distinct pleasure of rare video junkies, each rental comes with a complimentary loaner, a choice from 7,000 personally recorded television broadcasts that have never had an official release. Eddie Brandt, writer of Hanna-Barbera and Spike Jones cartoons of yore, opened the store in 1969, and his wife and son still run the shop with a crew of knowledgeable cinephiles.
Posters of Godard films line the walls of Vidéothèque in South Pasadena, the go-to store for Eastsiders. Small though it may be, the store offers a killer selection of rentals ranging from cult classics, foreign films, and documentaries for the hardcore to the big name releases casual viewers want to watch. With 25,000 titles in-house, the store’s neatly arranged aisles feel like a cozy neighborhood bookstore. Collectible movie posters, lobby cards, vinyl, and t-shirts are also available for purchase.
Vidéothèque, 1020 Mission Street, Suite J, South Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 403 6621
With an extensive collection of over 50,000 films available to rent, Vidiots is one of the best places to rent a movie on the Westside. Beyond the top-notch rental services, the organization hosts a range of compelling events, from film screenings and panel discussions to trivia nights, with the support of LA County Arts Commission and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. In bringing together an interested community with emerging and master creators, Vidiots continues to facilitate cultural conversation in a living, breathing way, making it more cultural hub than video store.
Vidiots, 302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 392 8508