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Vidiots Celebrating One Year At Restored Eagle Theatre With Special Screenings

June 4, 2024

Golden Globe Foundation

Vidiots is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of its relaunch at the Eagle Theatre with a month of special screenings and events.

Founded by women, Vidiots opened in Santa Monica as an alternative video store in 1985. For three decades, Vidiots grew its unique collection, and served a diverse, and devoted community of film lovers. Vidiots’ new home, the almost-100-year-old Eagle Theatre, served audiences from 1929 until the early 2000s. Vidiots proudly reopened in June 2023, after investing nearly $2,000,000 to expertly rehabilitate the Eagle and launch a robust slate of community-driven film programs.

Pivotal funding from the Golden Globe Foundation has supported critical renovations and programming, and has made possible the groundbreaking revival of two historic film spaces which have, in short time, created a more diverse, equitable, and healthy L.A. film culture.

With almost-11,000 square feet of entertainment, social, and educational space, Vidiots is now open seven-days-a-week, offering a full calendar of screenings and special programs, the full video store with DVD and BluRay rentals, concessions, and a light menu with beer and wine. The Eagle Theatre, with 271 seats, 35mm  and DCP projection, and state-of-the-art sound, provides flexibility for a variety of eclectic events, signature series, and tastemaker screenings. A second, smaller, flexible community and event space, the MUBI Microcinema, with DCP projection and state-of-the-art sound, is ideal for screenings, education programs, workshops, community events, and small receptions. 

Vidiots celebrated 95 years of its new home the Eagle in May. The theater opened on May 10th, 1929 as the Yosemite Theater, before changing its name to the Eagle in 1940.

Click here to view Vidiots’ June schedule!

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