Kim’s Video Returns to New York at Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Lower Manhattan – Times Square Chronicles

Over a decade ago, a trip to Austin, Texas for the now-defunct Film Festival resulted in a visit to a local Alamo Drafthouse. Impressed with its true movie-goer vibe, the theater felt like a movie-goer’s dream. Another place that made moviegoers and viewers dream was the late Kim’s Video, a must-visit store in Saint-Marc.

Before the corporate scourge of standardized Blockbuster video libraries rendered them devoid of movies that were too subversive, queer, alien, or just remotely interesting, there were independent video libraries of their own.

And few video libraries could compete with Kim’s Video. Comprising several locations across the city (but primarily in the East Village), Kim’s Video was one of the greatest moving picture centers of all time. It was the kind of place where Russ Meyer and Ingmar Bergman sat side by side. Not only could you find cool movies to see, but die-hard fans had a community center to hang out at. And Mondo Kim’s, the St. Mark’s Place location, was down the block from where Joey Ramone lived.

Despite having a collection of over 50,000 films, it was not enough to keep the doors open and Kim’s original video was closed in 2012 after 26 years in business, with the film library transferred intact to the town of Salemi, in Italy. It remained there for years until the Alamo Drafthouse saw fit to purchase it and bring it back to the United States.

Today, Kim’s Video returns, along with its gargantuan collection of films, to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan (28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301).

Following the grand reopening of Kim’s new invite-only video on March 31 — which includes a rare public appearance by Youngman Kim himself — it will once again be available to the public. There, at the Alamo Drafthouse, the films will also be available for rental at the cinema.

Learn more at:

Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan Cinema28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301New York, NY 10005

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