Los Angeles, Calif. (July 20, 2021) – Vidiots, LA’s iconic video store and non-profit film organization, has begun major renovations at its new home, the Eagle Theater in LA’s beautiful Eagle Rock neighborhood. Vidiots is planning a nine-month construction period for a grand opening in spring 2022.

Vidiots founding members Karina Longworth and Rian Johnson have pledged $ 100,000 to the organization as part of a twinning campaign that will run until September 17, 2021. Gifts of all sizes given or promised to Vidiots from here September 17, 2021 will be matched dollar for dollar at $ 100,000. Longworth is a famous author and creator of the You Must Remember This podcast, and Johnson is the award-winning filmmaker of Knives Out, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, and many more.

“With the disappearance or recent transformation of some of our most beloved places for cinema in Los Angeles, it is more urgent than ever to celebrate and support the rebirth of the Vidiots. We hope you will join us in helping the women of Vidiots build an inclusive sanctuary for films, both shown in a community setting and preserved in physical media. – Karina Longworth and Rian Johnson

“The past year has only reinforced our belief that cinematic spaces designed to foster human interaction and artistic discovery are essential to inspire the next generation of storytellers and audiences. With the unprecedented support of Karina and Rian and the incredible generosity of all of our founding members and movie fans, Vidiots will once again be the cinematic hub that LA needs. – Vidiots Founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber, and Executive Director Maggie Mackay

Vidiots is renovating the 92-year-old Eagle Theater and bringing it back to its original goal of independent cinema. In its new home, Vidiots will operate a state-of-the-art 250-seat cinema with 35mm and digital projection, concessions and a light menu with beer and wine, and the legendary Vidiots video store with over 50,000 titles for rent on DVD and BluRay. . The nearly 11,000 square foot venue will provide flexibility for various screenings and events, and additional space for smaller screenings, educational workshops and community gatherings. Vidiots will run seven days a week and produce a full program of repertoire titles, new independents, hard-to-find gems, beloved classics, special events with partner organizations, programming for all ages, and entertainment initiatives. education and preservation throughout the year. reflection of its mission.

Vidiots raised over $ 1 million of his total goal of $ 2.5 million. Gifts of all sizes support the rehabilitation of the Eagle by Vidiots, the relaunch of the video store and the year-round programming of Vidiots. In addition to year round supporters at all levels, Vidiots welcomes new founding members as the organization raises an additional $ 1.5 million ahead of its opening in spring 2022.

Alongside Longworth and Johnson are founding members Miguel and Justine Arteta, Katie Aselton and Mark Duplass, Ike Barinholtz, Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder, Mackenzie Davis, Jen and Jay Duplass, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Charlie Day, Sean Fennessey, Dana Gould, Liz Hannah, Phil Lord, Max Minghella, Nate Moore, Morgan Neville, Ify Nwadiwe, Patton Oswalt, Amy Pascal, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael, Noah Segan and Alison Bennett, Sharon Van Etten and Alex Winter, among many others .

Founding member companies and sponsors include Alamo Drafthouse, Criterion Collection, Final Draft, GKIDS, Letterboxd, Lionsgate, MUBI, Script Pipeline, Shout! Factory, UTA, Utopia, Vinegar Syndrome and ZEISS among others. Vidiots friend and supporter Jason Reitman graciously donates a 35mm projection system, and QSC has donated a fully integrated cinema audiovisual system, including the Q- audio, video and control platform. SYS, which provides all signal routing, audio processing, and the entire system. control.

The Vidiots Board of Directors is made up of Vidiots Founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber, Vidiots Board Chair Mary Rohlich (Head of Television & Cinema, Purple Pebble Pictures), Executive Director of Vidiots Maggie Mackay, Vidiots Treasurer Susan Garbett (Managing Director, Meow Wolf’s Eternal Return), Vidiots Secretary Claudia Puig (President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association), Lela Meadow-Conner (Executive Director, Film Festival Alliance / Founder, mamafilm) , Danièle Neuharth (Senior Director of Regional Giving, RAND Corporation), Rachel O ‘Connor (President of Film & Television, Pascal Pictures) and Naomi Ramsey (Experiential Marketing Consultant).

Jeffrey Birkmeyer and his company Analog, a multi-faceted real estate and construction company, is the development partner and entrepreneur of Vidiots. David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design and Andrew Lindley of LAND Design Studio are the architecture and design partners of Vidiots. The screening, design and installation of films, D-Cinema and event spaces, as well as sound consulting, design and installation are led by PD Smith, Jr. of D-MATION INC. Hubbub Manufacturing, a San Francisco-based advertising agency, helps Vidiots with their noisy and creative fundraising efforts and assets across all social media platforms.

About Vidiots and the Eagle Theater:

A unique hub for moviegoers, filmmakers and anyone curious about cinema, Vidiots is dedicated to inspiring human interaction around film by preserving, developing and providing access to its diverse collection of rare DVDs, BluRay and VHS , showcase the work of emerging, master and under-represented artists, and produce unique and affordable film events, as well as essential education programs.

A Los Angeles brick-and-mortar movie theater founded and run by women, Vidiots was opened as an alternative video store in 1985 by LA-native Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber. For 32 years, Vidiots has served its dedicated community through its iconic Santa Monica storefront. In the wake of rising costs, Vidiots closed in 2017, planning to relaunch with a new sustainable business model.

Vidiots’ new home, originally designed for vaudeville and silent film, opened in May 1929 as The Yosemite Theater. The Yosemite went completely to sound in 1930 and operated as an independent cinema under that banner until 1940 when it became The Eagle Theater. The Eagle served the public until 2000, when it was transformed into a church.

Vidiots continued to program and produce in-person and virtual events during his physical transition, including collaborations with Alamo Drafthouse, Rooftop Cinema Club, and The Theater at Ace Hotel; a monthly virtual Movie Trivia Night in partnership with MUBI; an Instagram Live series with Karina Longworth and You Must Remember This; and a 2021 Tribute and Conversation virtual series featuring Oscar winners and nominees, including Mollye Asher (Nomadland); Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas and Will Berson (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Florian Zeller (The Father).

The Vidiots Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, gifts to Vidiots are tax deductible as permitted by law. To find out more and make a donation visit Follow @vidiots on Instagram and Twitter, and @vidiotsvideo on Facebook for updates!