“A video delight. And like a good old bookstore, a secret treasure to find and linger over”
- Oliver Stone
Vidiots, one of the country’s largest independent video stores, breaks new ground with “Vidiots Annex”, an innovative film study center. Now in its 25th year, Vidiots is moving forward to provide movie lovers with a place where they can go to learn more about those films and genres that intrigue, excite and inspire them.
Want to know more about French Films after the New Wave? How about taking courses on this generation’s auteurs, or a class on eroticism and film? The Vidiots Annex, located in a stylish and comfortable classroom within the store, will feature expert teachers and filmmakers talking about the movies they love best…it’s like going back to film school, but without the homework. The Annex will also be a place where film clubs can meet.
Since 1985, Vidiots has been a place where filmmakers, activists, and artists can gather together. Vidiots has hosted in-store appearances by industry leaders including Oliver Stone, Catherine Hardwicke, Anjelica Huston, Les Blank, Callie Khouri, Kenneth Anger, Russ Meyer, Todd Haynes, William Wegman, Nick Broomfield, , and Wes Craven and presented spoken word performances by such artists as Viggo Mortensen, Exene Cervenka, Liza Richardson and Ellen Maybe.
Vidiots owners’, Patty Cohen and Cathy Tauber, say that the Annex is an organic development inspired by the many customers who love to come up to the counter and chat with the store’s knowledgeable staff about their latest discoveries. For its 25th anniversary, Vidiots Santa Monica Screening Room will now offer the perfect place to continue those cinematic conversations.
“Vidiots in Santa Monica California is one of those funky places where bearded guys and Goth girls help you find that obscure foreign film or cult favorite. It’s been the haunt of videophiles for 25 years this year.”
KCRW “The Business”
Vidiots is located at 302 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica between 3rd and 4th street.