Opened by Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber in 1985, Vidiots became an L.A. institution, beloved for its 50,000-title rental collection and the sense of community it fostered among movie nerds. When Vidiots closed in February 2017, the future of the collection was in doubt. Thanks to the efforts of Maggie Mackay, executive director of the nonprofit Vidiots Foundation since 2016, more than $2 million was raised for a capital campaign to revive Vidiots.
In June 2023, Vidiots celebrated its grand opening at the historic Eagle Theatre in Eagle Rock. The new 11,000 square-foot venue includes a 271-seat movie theatre, the MUBI Microcinema, a beer and wine bar, and of course the famed video store, which now boasts 60,000 titles on DVD, Blu-ray and VHS.
According to Variety, the Vidiots calendar features seven days of weekly programming, including "repertory titles, new independent films, classics, all-ages programs and education and preservation initiatives." Programming partners include the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, IFC Midnight & Shudder, KCRW, Outfest, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Women in Film.