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The Santa Monica video store that Megan Ellison helped save from shuttering nearly two years ago is planning a move.
Vidiots is closing its 302 Pico Blvd. location on Feb. 15 and searching for a new Los Angeles location. Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is helping to financially support Vidiots in its move, the foundation that runs the store stated Tuesday.
“Although leaving our home of over 30 years will be bittersweet, we are elated that Vidiots Foundation’s next chapter will ensure the preservation and growth of our vast film collection,” Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber said in a joint statement.
“We look forward to welcoming a new community and to reuniting with our long-standing customers and dedicated members in a new home!,” they added.
In January 2015, days after Tauber told the Santa Monica Mirror that it would close unless it found financing, Ellison helped keep the store afloat. The non-profit store has operated for over three decades and says it plans to increase its library to nearly 50,000 titles. The store plans to reopen in 2018.
“With the support of our dear friends at Annapurna Pictures during this transition, we will continue building an extensive donor base and identify a more central location with unlimited potential, so that Vidiots can re-launch as a fully functional, inclusive film space designed for everyone,” said executive director Maggie Mackay.
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