By Ivan Cazares
Hundreds of music fans lined up for hours the first weekend of April to shop at Amoeba Music’s new location after it had to close its Hollywood location in 2020 due to Covid-19.
The record store chain announced it would be relocating its flagship store in 2020 a few blocks away from 6400 Sunset Blvd to the new location at 6200 Hollywood, but it had to close its doors ahead of schedule and they stayed closed for over a year.
“We were happy to be able to find a spot in the same neighborhood that has been so welcoming.
With Los Angeles being so expansive, being in Hollywood provides a spot that is central for visitors from all over the city, and a busy destination with so much going on for out-of-town travelers as well,” Kara Lane, an Amoeba Music representative said.
The store is operating on a temporary schedule from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and like all businesses has adopted Covid-19 safety protocols.
Amoeba Hollywood has been a Los Angeles icon since it opened in 2001, selling records, movies, comics and other physical media. It’s been a venue to a variety of prolific artists like Hip-Hop group Dilated Peoples in 2004 as well as dozens of local artists throughout the years, but because of the pandemic fans will have to wait a while longer before they could enjoy live music at Amoeba Music.
“We do not have an exact date for hosting events (both live performances and artist signings). We will wait until the city and medical experts deem it safe to gather inside in groups again – and will err on the side of caution to make sure we are ready,” Lane said.