Legendary record store Amoeba Music is closing its Hollywood location
The end of an era is approaching…
Iconic record chain Amoeba Music has announced that they have sold the building for their Hollywood store. As online streaming has all but eradicated physical music sales, Amoeba Music has endured as perhaps the strongest bastion for vinyl aficionados and CD purists in California. Amoeba’s decision to sell their Los Angeles real estate was voluntary, so luckily for their devout clientele, this means that the store will remain intact for the duration of its current lease — possibly longer. Yesterday, September 12, Amoeba Music posted the following image to its social media accounts:
Amoeba’s commitment to “staying in Hollywood” could potentially mean that they will move to a new location in the borough following the end of their lease, which is “several years” away. Currently, however, such speculation is merely wishful thinking. Amoeba Music’s current space at 6400 Sunset Boulevard was sold to GPI Properties in October 2015 for $34 Million. Architectural illustration firm Shimihara posted the below image to its website portraying a monolithic tower with a rooftop pool, which will presumably replace the record store.
The exact date for Amoeba’s Los Angeles closure is currently unknown. There is no indication that the chain will be selling its San Francisco store or its flagship location in Berkeley, CA.