The video store at the L.A. Alamo Drafthouse will include over 40,000 titles from the Drafthouse archives and all movies will be available to rent for free. This is the fourth Video Vortex location, along with Brooklyn, N.Y., Raleigh, N.C., and San Francisco.
“Video stores made me a cinephile in the ’80s and ’90s. The culture and curation they provided were an essential part of my development and my knowledge about movies,” Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO, said in a statement. “When the opportunity became available to partner with the legendary Vidiots team and align on a common goal, we did not hesitate.”
“Having Alamo in L.A. is a movie lover’s fantasy realized,” said Maggie Mackay, board chair of Vidiots Foundation, also in a statement. “The Drafthouse team’s commitment to preserving physical media and celebrating video store culture make them dream partners for us, especially as we near our 35th year in L.A. and prepare for the relaunch of our own brick-and-mortar.”
Video Vortex will also feature the Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship tabletop gaming initiative with a curated selection of board games for sale and to be played onsite. There will be a variety of board game launch parties, tournaments and play events as well as TriviaDome, Alamo Drafthouse’s trivia night.
“Alamo has been a pioneer in changing the way we view cinema,” said Ash Minnick, manager of board game events. “Their focus on interactivity makes gaming an obvious extension and we are beyond thrilled to explore new ways to delve into that world through one of a kind experiences at the venue.”
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