Review of Kim's Video & Music in NEW YORK
Formerly known as Mondo Kim’s, the 25-year St. Mark’s Place stalwart of strange cinema altered its name and location in early 2009 when it moved around the corner to 1st Avenue. Besides now calling itself Kim’s Video & Music, the store hasn’t changed much else. Catering to the non-mainstream customer and dependent on a “long-tail” approach, Kim’s keeps a deep catalog and sells a wide variety of rare, obscure and otherwise unavailable items. Nearly the entire store is comprised of specialty collections: cult and experimental films, imports, entire archives of otherwise unavailable copies made to order for the store (including entire documentary series) and some that are simply difficult to find elsewhere. The music selection—both LPs and CDs—is similarly varied and also focused artists, labels and genres ignored by larger retailers: underground metal, reggae, modern composers, psychedelic/prog-rock. Each area of the store is well marked and curated, not only making it easier to find, say, certain films in a director’s oeuvre but also other directors in a given genre. The staff is both helpful and knowledgeable, which is important given the array of bizarre items available. Kim’s stocks new and used items, the latter predominantly bought from customers instead of used-goods wholesalers and the like. On the whole it’s about as deep an assortment as a physical retailer goes. Open every day 10am—Midnight.
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