Anyone who has searched in vain to find a classic film on their various streaming services only to discover it has vanished from the digital landscape completely knows the value of DVDs and VHS tapes.
Vidiots, a beloved LA video rental hub established in 1985, recently restructured itself into a 501(c)3 non-profit and opened a new space in Eagle Rock that has both a video store and a theater.
We spoke with Vidiots Executive Director Maggie Mackay about the challenges of running a video store in 2023, the importance of preserving and screening classic films and the organization’s recent partnership with Pluto TV to offer free film screenings.
This week’s music:
Intro – “Giddy Up” by Tahuna Breaks
Interstitial – “Vishnu Meets Funk” and “Ancient Ritual” by Lucas Perný & Miloslav Kollar