Amoeba Music Is Getting Demolished — Then It’s Moving Down the Street

Amoeba Music on Sunset (photo: Gary Minnaert)
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Amoeba Music on Sunset (photo: Gary Minnaert)
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Amoeba Music on Sunset (photo: Gary Minnaert)

Amoeba Music isn’t going away — in fact, it’s moving just down the block.

The legendary Los Angeles record store currently sits on Sunset Blvd.  It’s been in that location since it opened back in 2001. But the current location’s lease is up early next year, so Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz, who both co-own the store, are seeking a new building.  Additionally, they’re trying to secure a marijuana dispensary permit for the forthcoming new location.

The record store was sold for $34 million back in 2015 to a holding company that had an association with GPI Companies.  Accordingly, GPI is planning a more lucrative high-rise on the current Amoeba location.

The Berkeley branch was approved for its marijuana dispensary. The Hollywood branch is next.

University of California graduated its students on May 10th.  That same day, Amoeba’s Berkeley branch opened its marijuana dispensary called Hi-Fidelity.  Hi-Fidelity is focused on customer service, with an emphasis on environmentally correct products that are independently grown.

“We always favor the small business over the corporate entity,” Weinstein told Variety, who first tipped the story. “We’ve already seen it by helping each other.”

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Weinstein says that the company will “be diligent” in acquiring the proper marijuana dispensary permits for Los Angeles as soon as it moves into its new location.  Weinstein and Prinz add that obtaining a permit would’ve been much easier to do in West Hollywood.  They looked at multiple locations there.  But they ultimately decided that their loyalty to the Hollywood area far outweighed moving to West Hollywood.

Music streaming has actually helped the growth of Amoeba Music — at least when it comes to vinyl.

Once upon a time, the growth of music streaming seemed to spell the death of physical products.  Instead, vinyl has actually made a huge comeback in recent years.  CDs have tanked, but maybe there’s a retro fad for that, too.  Amoeba says that the streaming boom has actually aided their recent success.

“Some people take advantage of all the homework they can do in today’s advanced technology, and then go out and buy a physical copy,” Weinstein continued.  “Each format presents a different listening experience.”



2 Responses

  1. Sam

    No new address has been announced, so it will be interesting to see IF Amoeba reopens.

  2. Giovani Corzeso-Lutheran

    I don’t like this and the shit “blush piece” (if I can even CALL it that^) is trying to distract the reader from the matter at hand. A Los Angeles landscape is being DESTROYED!/// and for what? So THE MAN can capitalize on my taste for that yummy good keiff- mac daddy OG purp *hybrid*? My green? My ~scratch~ ? Savior, Sunset boulevard is one of THE most prominent streets in LA and you want to move it down to Rodeo or some other street that…. No. I just started getting comfortable there. No. Buying LPs in Echo is such a hassle* and the valley is too far, this was my top shop to cop bop and rock my RADIOHEAD / MORRISEY collection]}. VERY disappointed gentlemen