It looks like it’s really happening. After a few years of persistent rumors, word now comes that Amoeba Music and its iconic Sunset Boulevard location will be redeveloped into a new complex with 200 residential units and retail space. The Los Angeles City Council approved changes to the zoning for the spot earlier in the week.
Amoeba opened at its current location in 2001, and it couldn’t ask for a better address at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga Blvd right in the middle of downtown Hollywood. Since that time it has led the way in physical music sales in Los Angeles, and has been a home for artists big and small for in-store promo concerts.
The company says that although this particular location will be closing, Amoeba will still maintain a presence in Los Angeles somewhere, although just where has yet to be determined. In fact, the company has plans to even include one of its Hi-Fidelity cannabis dispensaries in its next L.A. store, which has proved to be a very successful addition to its Berkley, CA store.
Amoeba has always been ground zero for most everything a serious music collector could want, thanks to a knowledgeable staff that is a throwback to the old days of the local record store. And the company has thrived even in the face of digital music.
Let’s hope that the new location has as much of a good vibe as the last one.