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    Yes, Go to a Video Store for Fun!

    by marinarena Written Dec 7, 2014


    In this ultra modern tech age, a neighborhood video/DVD rental would be a rare, laugh inducing site. But not at 302 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica.

    Local movie buff can relish over the shop's access to 50,000+ titles in a well preserved collection. No need for Netflix to satisfy movie rental There are several rare cinematic gems available from all kinds of genres. Let's see- beyond comedy and drama, there is a section strictly devoted to film noir and cult flicks. Also in shelf arrangement, some movies are separated by major director (say, Stephen Spielberg) and sub genres, like Italian horror.

    Vidiots is not just a place to go for locals. It is not just a rental movie shop, but also a venue for alternative film screenings. Often, classic movies are favored on screen. Also there are special engagement lectures held here, featuring industry notables plus movie sing-alongs (one was of Jesus Christ Superstar), comedy/ improv shows and more.

    For local and outsiders alike, there is also movie memorabilia for purchase here- posters, buttons, etc... One may stumble upon Marilyn Monroe or Mexican movie postcards.

    See website for local rental rates and more. To support the cause of movie preservation, anyone can contribute to Vidiots as a non-profit charity.

    Hours from 10 AM- 10PM * subject to change

    Movie lover's paradise, Vidiots, Santa Monica
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    Venice Beach

    by antistar Updated Sep 7, 2009

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    Just a little south of Santa Monica is another famous beach, this one a little seedier, more tourist oriented, and full of the kind of people California is stereotyped for. As soon as I stepped onto the boardwalk of Venice Beach, a crazy woman was staring at me. How dare I suggest she had missused my credit card. She was most offended. I looked left, I looked right, but there was only me there to talk to. Then I looked back, and realised she was talking to some guy directly behind me, but didn't think to worry about me being in the way.

    As I walked along the boardwalk I overheard fantastic conversations like I would hear nowhere else in the world, at least not all together in one place. One tassle haired guy bemoaned to a sincere waif of a woman about the vegetarian conspiracy, that is the conspiracy to sneak meat products into vegetarian food. Then I eavesdropped accidently on another loudly broadcast conversation, where such-and-such's gay brother's bisexual friend was getting married to such-and-such's estranged former husband.

    Venice Beach is chock full of shops selling all kinds of tourist tat in all kinds of imaginative ways. Some just sell it on the street, on carefully marked out, and studiously guarded spots. Street vendors selling Bushitler hats and t-shirts, henna tattoos and braidings, or two street musicians teaching each other riffs.

    Very colourful and very weird, but despite that, I didn't really like it all that much.

    Venice Beach Boardwalk

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    Malibu Beach

    by antistar Written Apr 26, 2007

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    For me Malibu was always a kind of rum that my older brother drank when he was younger in order to appear more sophisticated. As a much younger brother, anything my brother thought was sophisticated really was, and so Malibu remained stuck in my mind as a "very cool thing". Older now, I wouldn't touch the pretentious coconut infused drink with a barge pole, but the name is still seared into my brain like that godforsaken song by Sheryl Crowe... until the sun comes up on the Santa Monica Boulevard.

    Malibu Beach is a little further south along the coast from Venice. The beach was littered with volleyball nets, just as I had expected, but the place was completely abandoned.

    Malibu Beach

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    Georgian Hotel

    by Dabs Written Mar 18, 2005

    I'm not sure if the Georgian Hotel is a nice place to stay or not but it caught my eye while I was strolling down the beach, it's blue and yellow art deco facade definitely stands out from the monochromatic white buildings that you see all along the shore.

    It does get good reviews on TripAdvisor and it looks like it could have stunning beach views depending on what room you get.

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    by animalkid Updated Oct 4, 2004

    Although technically not off the radar, I had to throw this tip in OTBP becaue if you don't skate, surf, live here, or somehow missed a tasty documentary entitled 'Dogtown and Z-boys,' by Stacy Peralta, you might not know...you might pass right through...you might miss it. "They ain't no signs!" So I thought it might be worth it.

    Dogtown is where vertical skating was created. Every bowl or pipe you see people skate today evolved from empty swimming pools that kids once skated then.

    This took place durintg the 70's. Before the tradegy of the alligator and the ruins of POP were cleared.

    Street energy channelled through Venice and Santa Monica arranging nexus at 4th Street and Bay, at a place called the Jeff Ho surf shop, now Horizon's West surf shop.

    The collection of inspiration that moved outta there basically made skateboarding what it is today. People refer to it as aesthetics in aggression.

    When you travel through this part keep that in mind. And be sure to pack papaya juice, a ratface, and cockroach repellant.

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    Under the Pier

    by mht_in_la Updated Sep 13, 2004

    For those who like the beach but don't want to get too tanned, you can hide under the Pier. And the scene here is quite interesting. You can see the pillars supporting the weight of the Pier and everything above, including the ferris wheel, the rollar coaster, hundreds of cars and thousands of tourists. I saw the two canoes tied to the pillar. Don't know why.

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    Seeing the famous movie landmarks, shops etc

    by yma123 Written May 28, 2008

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    we took a bus through hollywood and took some snaps... got off & walked through Rodeo Drive & the gals in the shops looked us up & down... & also went shopping in Downtown LA!!!

    the building from RUSH HOUR!!! the shop from PRETTY WOMAN Bevery Hills sign!!! the famous cant remember what movie this was from.. whoops!!
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