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Back in January, old-school movie buffs received a scare when Vidiots, a 30-year-old video store in Santa Monica, announced that it was sadly closing its doors due to a drop in sales. Given that devoted fans were completely crushed by the news, in February two angels took a stand—Annapurna Pictures producer Megan Ellison and a longtime customer Leonard Lipman—to back Vidiots financially and allow them to keep the party going.
To celebrate Vidiots's legendary career, the store is hosting a slew of events surrounding its 30th anniversary. Festivities start on Tuesday, November 10th with a screening of Desperately Seeking Susan (complete with a Q&A with director Susan Seidelman, and end on Sunday, November 15th with a live podcast with actor Elijah Wood to discuss politics, cinema, and television. Should be a fun time.
See the full list of "Vidiotsfest" events and buy tickets here. All proceeds support the Vidiots Foundation to continue preserving and protecting its curated collection of more than 50,000 titles, including rare VHS tapes.