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March 18, 2000
I was pleased to see Cinefile, near the Nuart Theater, included in Brenda Rees' article ("The Best Video Store Category,' March 9). When I first visited this wonderful little nook, I was just amazed to see the great foreign films shelved by director--such a good yet simple idea. I cannot imagine a store where so many fine videos are as easy to access. It is so enjoyable to browse there after a feature at the Nuart. TONY BARNARD San Pedro I'm surprised to see no mention of A Videostore Named Desire, located at 11631 Santa Monica Blvd.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The gaudy yellow-and-red signs have been painted over and the huge album cover posters that once covered the windows are long gone. There's little left at the Sunset Boulevard street corner that speaks to the crowds that gathered here for free concerts by Elton John and Duran Duran or the faithful who sifted through the racks of vinyl or eight-track tapes inside. Still, the West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission would like to set the record straight and acknowledge the significance of the Sunset Strip's legendary Tower Records building.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1985 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
The war is on. It's "Ghostbusters" versus "Beverly Hills Cop" for supremacy in the holiday home video market. RCA/Columbia, which is releasing "Ghostbusters," just made a clever, strategic move. The RCA/Columbia execs didn't like the fact that Paramount, which has "Beverly Hills Cop," muscled in on the "Ghostbusters" home video release period. In late August, RCA/Columbia announced "Ghostbusters" would be in the stores Oct. 31.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Leland Bankowski watches only documentaries these days. "Narrative filmmakers don't have a style; the movies are plot-heavy and they don't use filmic language," Bankowski told me earlier this week at a DVD rental store. Bankowski, 55, is an artist with a film degree who lives on the frontier between Echo Park and Chinatown. He patronizes Video Journeys in Silver Lake because the clerks know film and can steer him to stuff he'll enjoy, like Martin Scorcese's doc on Beatle George Harrison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Leland Bankowski watches only documentaries these days. "Narrative filmmakers don't have a style; the movies are plot-heavy and they don't use filmic language," Bankowski told me earlier this week at a DVD rental store. Bankowski, 55, is an artist with a film degree who lives on the frontier between Echo Park and Chinatown. He patronizes Video Journeys in Silver Lake because the clerks know film and can steer him to stuff he'll enjoy, like Martin Scorcese's doc on Beatle George Harrison.
NEWS
June 30, 1986 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
Lyle Schatz readily admits it: "I'm a vidiot." He rents at least 10 movies on videotape a week. He liked videotapes so much he started a video service business. And he lives in video heaven--Los Angeles' Westside. On one particular Saturday, the prime day for video rentals, Schatz was visiting VideoRave, a small, independent video specialty store in Westwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Danh Pham is a tiny man with the slightly sour look of a hard-working businessman who doesn't have time for nosy strangers. Arms crossed, he listens as Tony Lam, restaurateur and man-about-town in Orange County's Little Saigon, asks him to enlighten a reporter about his small video rental business. After much talk in Vietnamese, Pham remains noncommittal, even suspicious, behind the counter of Danh's Video, his shop in a mini-mall off Garden Grove's Bolsa Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012
UNDERRATED Max Von Sydow in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" : Though much of Stephen Daldry's well-intended adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's Sept. 11 recovery novel comes off heavy-handed and a bit precious, this veteran actor adds a grizzled note of genuine humanity as a mysterious figure from young Oskar Schell's past. Von Sydow doesn't speak a word of dialogue, but his warm, quirky performance says more than any other in the film. Blockbuster video stores : With a '90s revival in full swing, there may be no more vivid time capsule of the decade than these blue-and-gold relics, if you can still find one near you. With most rentals a Red Box-fighting 99 cents, it's a surprisingly workable option when all else fails.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2005 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Michelle Crames is a self-described movie addict. She once got her fix braving the lines at Blockbuster Video stores, whipping out the blue-and-gold plastic rental card and diligently returning the movies before late fees kicked in. Now, her West Hollywood home is filled with about 175 DVDs purchased from such discount sellers as Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Internet site Half.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992
Sally Marshall ("Are X-Rated Videos the Price of a Free Society?" Platform, Dec. 1), presents an interesting dilemma. The presence of hard-core pornographic videos in her community has affected her life for the worst. She would like to see this imposition on her life removed, but she fears that such "censorship" could lead to other forms of censorship. I celebrate our country's ideal of guaranteeing basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But as anyone who has received a minimal civic education realizes, these freedoms have limits.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012
UNDERRATED Max Von Sydow in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" : Though much of Stephen Daldry's well-intended adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's Sept. 11 recovery novel comes off heavy-handed and a bit precious, this veteran actor adds a grizzled note of genuine humanity as a mysterious figure from young Oskar Schell's past. Von Sydow doesn't speak a word of dialogue, but his warm, quirky performance says more than any other in the film. Blockbuster video stores : With a '90s revival in full swing, there may be no more vivid time capsule of the decade than these blue-and-gold relics, if you can still find one near you. With most rentals a Red Box-fighting 99 cents, it's a surprisingly workable option when all else fails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2011 | Steve Lopez
I remain three birthdays shy of the big 6-0, but recent developments in the world of modern technology have made it impossible for me to deny the obvious. I have officially hit old age. Part of me is still fighting it. For instance, I check Facebook now and then because I don't want to be crushed by the stampede, like some slow-footed lug at the running of the bulls. But when I'm honest with myself, I can't figure out why I should spend a minute looking at photos of family pets posted by people I haven't seen in 25 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Eddie Brandt's obsession with the movies was evident in his North Hollywood home, which he transformed into an indoor-outdoor theater by installing a film projector on a tiny loft with windows and pointing it toward his yard. Saturday night was movie night at Brandt's, starting in the early 1970s. Cinema buffs — including the host — screened 16-millimeter films, viewing them through oversized windows or while sitting outside. Every day had also been movie day for Brandt since his North Hollywood thrift shop evolved into a movie memorabilia store after he bought his first warehouse of film collectibles in 1972.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
Picasso and bullfighting are cultural touchstones in Spain. Now add Internet piracy. The unauthorized downloading and streaming of movies and television shows from the Web is a growing problem for the entertainment industry around the world. In a few key countries such as Spain, however, it has become an epidemic that is forcing movie studios to consider no longer selling DVDs in the country. A cavalier attitude toward piracy has made it mainstream behavior in Spain. "Almost everybody I know downloads movies," said Mercedes Carrasco, 45, a student from Caceres who downloads about two movies each week.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2009 | Alex Pham
Shoppers are buying an increasing amount of their music and movies via Web downloads. But video game sales remain firmly rooted in old-fashioned stores because many games require enormous software files that can take hours to download. That's now poised to change. One company, OnLive Inc., showcased one such effort at the Game Developer Conference on Tuesday night. The service promises to let players buy or rent the latest games and start playing within seconds on their television or computers.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Will Internet movie services ever replace the neighborhood video store? In the long-term future -- long-term being relative, considering how swiftly technological advances are changing our lives -- we won't move many muscles to acquire the films we view at home. Meanwhile, Blockbuster Inc., Starz Entertainment and other players are hedging their bets.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2000
Independent video stores find their niche by offering hard-to-find titles as well as the offbeat and eclectic. Calendar Weekend takes a look at some of the area's best.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
Picasso and bullfighting are cultural touchstones in Spain. Now add Internet piracy. The unauthorized downloading and streaming of movies and television shows from the Web is a growing problem for the entertainment industry around the world. In a few key countries such as Spain, however, it has become an epidemic that is forcing movie studios to consider no longer selling DVDs in the country. A cavalier attitude toward piracy has made it mainstream behavior in Spain. "Almost everybody I know downloads movies," said Mercedes Carrasco, 45, a student from Caceres who downloads about two movies each week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2007 | David Sarno, Times Staff Writer
It's not clear whether "Purple Violets," the new living-and-loving-in-New York film from writer-director Edward Burns, would be a good first-date movie. As the first full-length feature to premiere exclusively on Apple's iTunes store -- not in theaters -- your date would have to be cool with coming over to watch the movie on your laptop. Or desktop. Or even on the gorgeous little 3-inch by 2-inch screen of your iPod Touch -- since nothing says romance like sharing ear buds.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Video store giant Blockbuster Inc., struggling to regain its footing amid online competition and DVD sales by big retail chains, will be the exclusive renter of movies made by the Weinstein Co. under a deal announced Wednesday. The partnership -- set to begin in January -- is the first of its kind in the movie rental market and appears to be another in a series of attempts by Blockbuster to stave off online DVD rental giant Netflix Inc.
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