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Kim's Video Resurrected Within Manhattan Alamo Drafthouse


Before the corporate scourge of Blockbuster standardized video stores to be devoid of movies too subversive, queer, foreign, or just remotely interesting, independent video stores had their own curation and feel. And few video stores could hold a candle to Kim’s Video. Comprising several locations throughout the city (but mostly the East Village), Kim’s Video was one of the all time great video stores. It was the kind of place where Russ Meyer and Ingmar Bergman sat side by side, and you could strike up a conversation with the ne'er-do-wells that haunted the place about Kenneth Anger. The St. Mark's Place location, Mondo Kim's was down the block from where Joey Ramone lived. Despite having a collection of over 50,000 films, it wasn’t enough to keep the doors open and the original Kim’s Video closed in 2012 after 26 years in business, with the library of films being moved intact to the town of Salemi, Italy.

Now rising from the ashes, Kim’s Video is returning, complete with its gargantuan collection of films, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan (28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301). The new Kim’s Video will have an invite-only grand reopening on March 31st, with a rare public appearance by Youngman Kim himself. Now that the collection of films is acquired by Alamo Drafthouse, the films shall also be available for rental from the theater.

To learn more, go to:

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan
28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301
New York, NY 10005

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