The Last Kim's Video & Music Location Will Close This Summer

Categories: East Village

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Kim's on Record Store Day, 2013.
Legendary East Village emporium Kim's Video & Music on First Avenue will be closing its doors this summer, the store announced Monday on the Kim's Facebook page. "As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well)."

Saturday was Record Store Day, a day that has become one of the most profitable for independent outlets like Kim's, but also seems to have become a kind of harbinger for sad news: J&R Music closed its doors on April 11 of this year. Last year, Bleecker Bob's Records closed just a week shy of Record Store Day.

Reached on Monday, a clerk said business was brisk on Record Store Day this year. "It seemed really great. Whenever we opened there was a line around the block and then [it was] pretty party all day," Hayley Gaines said.

The Kim's on First Avenue is the last Kim's location. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009. At one time that location was home to what was widely considered the best a video-rental collection in the city, with more than 55,000 titles.

When Mondo Kim's closed, the owner solicited offers to house the collection from schools museums, and private collectors. From the more than two dozens proposals it received, Kim's chose a bid from the remote town of Salemi, Italy, and shipped the collection there.

In 2012, Voice film critic Karina Longworth made it all the way to to Sicily to see the collection's new home before things went awry. You really should just read the story: "The Strange Fate of Kim's Video."

Gaines confirmed that Kim's on First Avenue would remain open for a few more months, before shuttering sometime in the summer.


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18 comments
Joe Newark
Joe Newark

The St Marks location was better

Marco Maestre Jr
Marco Maestre Jr

These really Sucks..NYC is going in a downward swirl into Major Corporate Companys and its sad.

Travis Lee Button
Travis Lee Button

Sad but not surprising, they've been in steady decline since they closed the St. Marks location.

212D
212D

Whoops! Forgot Academy moved just west of Fifth Avenue, so it'll be just Other Music, Good Records, and A-1 Records after Kim's and Rainbow close. 


Good and A-1 should just preemptively close and go online at this point as I doubt both will be open in 2016 as who the hell goes to the East Village to shop for records anymore? Proof is Sounds, Kim's, and Rainbow will be gone in that order.


I give Other Music another 3 to 5 years and I'm being kind.


That whole area wants to be nothing but bars and restaurants with no art/culture (records, books, galleries etc.) let it. Let it be the boring college town town square most of the people there want it to be. Fuck 'em. 


212D
212D

The only East Village record stores left after Kim's and Rainbow Records closes: Other Music, Good Records, Academy Records, A-1 Records.


Other Music is the ONLY one carrying music by current/active artists but they don't carry hardcore punk or metal they don't exist without so fuck 'em.


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Ted Cantu
Ted Cantu

Who wants to be under the radar of a 25 year old culture dictator to tell you whats hip or not. IM over that crap. ITUNES BABY. CAPITALISM BABY !!!

Christopher McBride
Christopher McBride

When Kims moved they went totally down the tubes, 1/2 the stock. nothing interesting to buy...

edshott
edshott

Obama just announced "It's Bush's fault"

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