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Amoeba Music

Music Store and Record Shop
Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 11, 2013
    The sister store to 2 locations in the Bay Area has an awe-inspiring selection of music, DVDs and posters and is also the site of free in-store concerts! Ample underground parking + they will buy CDs! Read more
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DeVriesMay 27, 2015
    Amoeba Music is a Los Angeles must see. They have great movies to buy, Amazing music to buy, and free live music. Such a great place to go and spend an hour or two.
  • Noah D.
    Noah Della PietroSeptember 27, 2014
    best record shop i've EVER been to! i finally found Dan Croll's debut on vinyl since it first came out and i even found the rare "Get Lucky" remixes on vinyl! if you're in the area, definitely stop by
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 9, 2012
    I grew up in record stores like this one. I buy most of my music online these days, but there’s always a rare find in the bins or a cool music show to catch. - Darryl Stephens, DTLA - The Series
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonSeptember 15, 2015
    This place is an absolutely treasure and a must for any music, movie or pop-culture buff. Massive collection and good prices, you can easily spend hours here browsing all the cool stuff they have.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 3, 2013
    Great selection of new and old vinyl. Prices range depending on what you're looking for. The store also hosts in-store performances and has featured artists such as White Denim, Cut Copy and others.
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersNovember 25, 2015
    “A cross between a supermarket, a flea market, and your favorite indie music venue. The only drawback: a rare 12-inch import record is hard to gift wrap.” - Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder of Warby Parker Read more
  • Jason C.
    Jason CSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You could spend two hours and still only scratch the surface. Check out the excellent cult movie section. Huge vinyl areas that cross all genres with used and new records. Helpful staff too.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrotteauDecember 6, 2015
    Great anthology of American music. Saw Motion City Soundtrack live here and got to briefly talk to the band. Amazing selection of vinyl, movie posters and merchandise, next to VeggieGrill on Sunset.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchwabDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The back right-hand corner of the store (when looking from the front door) has some of the most amazing pop-culture items you can find in a store. Also lots of great albums on the wall in that area.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RayJune 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're a bargain hunter, buy used... OR just keep your eye out for half price Amoeba gift certs. They have 'em at almost every cool street fair, festival, and museum night in LA.
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KuznetsovMay 30, 2016
    Great old music store! One of the last few music stores around US sale the CD, Vinyl etc. must go and buy vintage things!!
  • Veanney H.
    Veanney HurtadoNovember 18, 2013
    This is the largest record store I have ever been too. People trade in and trade out so much in 24 hours there could be completely new music, posters, and movies. Great selection. Love this place
  • David N.
    David NelmsDecember 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They almost always have what I am looking for. Great staff. Ask for help if you need it. And check in before you walk in so you can see your name on the info screen.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 15, 2014
    The world's largest independent record store boasts more than 1 million records, cd's and items of music memorabilia from every genre of music.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KushnirMay 9, 2015
    The last and greatest record store on the planet, if you don't go there for their awesome selection of final and CDs you have a ridiculous selection of movies that you can't find anywhere.
  • Racked
    RackedJuly 30, 2011
    By as huge as LA’s biggest music store is, you’d think MP3s had never been invented. You can find EVERYTHING here: CDs, LPs, memorabilia, some of Hollywood’s best people watching. [Racked 38 Member] Read more
  • Ngọc N.
    Ngọc NguyễnAugust 22, 2014
    The hangar-size emporium has an awe-inspiring selection of music, DVDs & posters and is also the site of AMAZING free in-store concerts by huge acts! The store rests above an underground parking lot. Read more
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 5, 2011
    It's THE place to buy music for a music lover. Their music selection is out of this world and you can find some great deals in the used CD/DVD sections. You can spend hours browsing the store.
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comSeptember 20, 2011
    The largest independent music store still has the cool and hip vibe that it had since it opened in the 90s. Ask anything about music to the staff, and you’ll get that CD you’re looking for.
  • PopWrapped!
    PopWrapped!March 10, 2013
    IMPOSSIBLE-TO-FIND LP's, DVD's, Laserdiscs, BluRay's, memorabilia, electronics and more are RIGHT HERE. New inventory added ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. One of THE BEST music stores in the world, hands down.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RaineyAugust 18, 2011
    One of the last great record stores left. Think 'Empire Records' but 3x larger and in the heart of Hollywood. It's your best bet at tracking down those hard-to-find records. Beware going on weekends.
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    If you’re interested in different types of music, Amoeba music store, on Sunset Boulevard at Cahuenga, in Hollywood offers free concerts almost weekly. Just show up ready to have a good time.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128June 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The world's largest independent record store (even though the original of the 3 Amoebas is in Berkeley)! Shop their huge selection of used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl, which is half the 43,000 sq. ft. store!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 19, 2010
    Huge record store right on Sunset. Always has the newest and most hard to find selection. Never disappointed with the shopping/looking/listening experience. -Alex Reznik, Top Chef
  • Israel S.
    Israel SushmanMarch 16, 2014
    This is the Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome, Lhasa, & Benares of record stores. All lovers of music must make the pilgrimage here at least once in their life to pay homage to the music gods and goddesses.
  • Universal Music Group
    Amoeba always has killer in-store performances from the best bands! Make sure to check the schedule for upcoming events. Fitz & the Tantrums was one of my favorite performances! - @lndsygblr Read more
  • Mateus M.
    Mateus MarchetiMay 8, 2014
    Awesome! Everything I could look for was there! I found Herzog's Cave in bluray 3D! I found Madonna's Sex Book! The place is godzilla! Love it
  • Harper
    HarperApril 5, 2011
    If you can't find it here. You prob can't find it anywhere. One of the last sole proprietor record shops left! If ur in the area check out Umami burger. Beware burgers r made rare. Or Thai next door.
  • Alex A.
    Alex AlarconJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great record store!! .. be sure to check out clearance sections and used sections also. Be sure to VALIDATE your parking ticket if you parked in the structure connected to the ArcLight Cinema.
  • Note P.
    Note PerfectMay 8, 2014
    Make sure that these coaching institutions and the soprano masters are well involved with the fully accredited universities that are dedicated to music degree programs. Read more
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RebeccaNovember 4, 2016
    They have a wide selection and overall good service. Their country music section is quite good but the folk section has something to be desired, though it is still good. Their jazz section is good
  • Dick's Favorite Blog
    Dick's Favorite BlogFebruary 7, 2012
    the best record store to go in LA if you want to get lost, frustrated, overwhelmed, forget your phone at the front where you check your bag & leave without any music
  • Where Los Angeles Magazine
    Hollywood independent record store boasts a stage in the back that hosts free concerts from nationally known acts like Otis Clay & Lana Del Rey, as well as some local musicians and DJs on the rise. Read more
  • House of Blues Sunset Strip
    If you ever see an artist perform at our venue and you have to get the music right away... cruise down to Amoeba and get it. You'll love the place, they have everything.
  • Damon J.
    Damon JamalJuly 31, 2011
    If you love dope videos get this DVD (In Yo Face TV) of all music vids I directed with e-40, young buck, Keak da sneak, and many more... Over 99 minutes of music and It's only $8!!
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 9, 2012
    Arguably the best nostalgia shop in Los Angeles. You can buy "CDs" here! Additionally, live acts cruise through and play short, free sets.
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiAugust 8, 2013
    If your a fan of High Fidelity and Empire Records and you love music- you need to come here!
  • Blanche R.
    Best music place ever! You've to select and how much do you want to spend, but after it's great!Better than European Fnac store!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 12, 2012
    The record turnover rate is just so insane. You can check the new arrivals, then shop for an hour and come back and they're all different. Read more
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyMay 14, 2013
    An expertly organized cataloging system by genre, an in-store map, and a knowledgeable staff guide you through aisles of new, used, and rare CDs and vinyl.
  • Connor D.
    Connor DelaneySeptember 7, 2015
    Still one of the best music stores in the world. The used section is second to none and live performances every month.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TunnicliffeFebruary 2, 2013
    Heaven on earth. So many records that you can't find elsewhere with such a wide selected. Tons of cool little stuff as well
  • Randall W.
    Randall WilsonJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a dive in the World Music section on the right side of the store, and judge off the artwork - you never know what you might find and like!
  • Sanden T.
    Sanden TottenJanuary 9, 2012
    If you are looking for a used album, be sure to check the used AND bargain sections. Sometimes you can find the same CDs at both places with one much cheaper.
  • Hillary N.
    Hillary NoelleApril 13, 2015
    Huge selection of vinyl, concerts tickets, used and new movies, music, you name it. Trade in your stuff for store credit or cash.
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerroneOctober 2, 2013
    Awesome animal shelter donation drive this October at Amoeba, with proceeds benefitting @BFAS_LA and @NKLA! Ask them about how you can help homeless cats & dogs and get $3 off music :)
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    For music lovers, Amoeba is not to be missed: it's the largest independent-music store in the world and also hosts regular in-store appearances by world-class artists and bands.
  • Destiny W.
    Destiny WhiteApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell tickets for the best Indie concerts at The Music Box up the street. AND they have the best selection of new and old vinyls I've seen.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're looking for any 80s pop albums you can usually find them for less than $6 which is pretty awesome.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BarraganNovember 18, 2013
    The best record/movie store in the world!...though...this is mainly for hard to find records or movies because most of the normal release stuff is overpriced.
  • Gina E.
    Gina EstradaOctober 14, 2015
    Go with a lot of time!! It's so big and it's great place for those who looks for rare cd and movies ❤️
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 26, 2011
    Classic L.A. establishment with arguably the best music collection. Ask one of the employees anything about music… someone there will be able to answer your question.
  • Eddie L.
    Eddie LeheckaOctober 24, 2011
    Amazing finds are to be had in the Rock/Pop clearance section. It takes some time to trudge through, but totally worth it!
  • Erika R.
    Erika RobbinsSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazingly huge selection of LPs and CDs, plus there is an impressive movie department upstairs.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenDecember 4, 2016
    I've never seen so many records in one place. They have everything you can imagine in vinyl and then some.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzOctober 19, 2015
    It is a must visit if you're around Sunset blvrd, amazing music selection, everything and anything
  • Volcom Entertainment
    Volcom EntertainmentNovember 24, 2010
    You can get everything you need - records, movies, posters, everything! Always try the used section first. People trade in the BEST (and new) stuff!
  • jeremie g.
    When I go here I think it's the best music shop ever, when I go in SF I change my mind, when I go back in LA I re-change my mind...
  • Ben in LA®
    Ben in LA®July 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best record store in Los Angeles...bar none! Used, new, import, rare...they have it all. Be prepared to be here awhile!
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 25, 2010
    The stores in San Francisco and Hollywood have a modest selection of new and used video-games for current generation systems. This store is a playable venue in the music game, Guitar Hero: World Tour.
  • Marci R.
    Marci RosenblumDecember 28, 2009
    This place is HUGE in Hollywood, CA. I spent over two hours looking at tons of music, this is a must see music store. The best place for buying used CD's, DVD's, Videos, LP's Posters etc... Read more
  • gravity 5.
    gravity 508November 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Its the best darn record store in LA!!! and Monalisa is there so that adds to the awesomeness of it! Just go, thank me later.
  • Amber W.
    Amber WorsnopNovember 30, 2014
    The perfect place to shop for movies, CDs, books, vinyl records and even band shirts.
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comSeptember 23, 2011
    This massive downtown complex fills the void following the demise of Tower and Virgin. Don't give up hope on finding that old CD or DVD: you might find it here. Sizable Asian film inventory.
  • Meniscus Magazine
    Meniscus MagazineSeptember 23, 2011
    This massive downtown complex fills the void following the demise of Tower and Virgin. Don't give up hope on finding that old CD or DVD: you might find it here. Sizable Asian film inventory.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SoloJune 24, 2015
    Music lover's DREAM. Worth the trip and prices aren't much more than online shops.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BarrettJanuary 5, 2011
    Drink a bottle of water before you go. No bathroom and a full bladder is the only way to ensure that you don't spend all of your money here. The greatest record store in the world. No doubt.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Biggest and best music store in Los Angeles. Can get lost for hours in there.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check the website for a live music schedule and make sure to browse the $1 vinyl section.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    They even have a separate Jazz section. But if you go there and you haven’t been before, know what you want first and go for that, otherwise your brain shuts down and nothing sinks in.
  • Joan Paul B.
    Joan Paul BerthiJune 9, 2013
    Check the used CDs. You will find something great for sure.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    The very first time I stepped into Amoeba my eyes almost popped out of my head. The shear immensity of the volume of music C.Ds, records and DVDs was such that I had no clue were to start looking.
  • Michael K.
    Michael Kalec5 days ago
    Worth checking out if you're into history and music. Lots of really cool stuff here.
  • Harlan R.
    Harlan RayApril 17, 2016
    I've visited Amoeba many times. Came here for Record Store Day 2016 & they where completely sold out of the RSD exclusives! Bummer..
  • Skylar H.
    Skylar HardenbrookMay 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Always check vinyl/CD clearance, especially hip-hop! I've dug up things numerous times that had an average resale value (ie on Discogs) of 10-50x more than what I paid for it at Amoeba.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SmithFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The most amazing record store ever! A music (and movie) lovers dream. Great place to spend a couple hours or if you know what you want...10 minutes.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy 3 clearance CDs and get the 4th free! I also hear rumors of a discount for holders of a TAP card. Physical media rules!
  • Drowned in Sound
    Drowned in SoundJanuary 25, 2011
    Debatably a greatest record store in the world. At least the best one in the USA. Always good for instores and bargains.
  • No Name
    No NameMarch 31, 2015
    This place is a haven for vinyl records, and music lovers. It had quite an interesting atmosphere
  • Kar P.
    Kar PowJuly 23, 2013
    Had the BEST TIME THERE!!!! Closest place to heaven I've found on earth.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Catch one of the legendary in-store concerts and find your favorite artists in the racks of new and used albums.
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaOctober 24, 2014
    make sure you plan this as the only activity for the whole day. you won't get out unless they kick you out at closing.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BookerNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can get your parking ticket from the main parking stucture validated at Amoeba, just bring your ticket to checkout when you are buying your item.
  • Mandy C.
    Mandy CervantezApril 11, 2010
    Great selection! I bought a bunch of good used CDs. And I had a very easy time finding parking which is always a huge plus in LA! :)
  • Ralph R.
    Ralph RodriguezNovember 3, 2013
    I can spend the entire day here and only walk out with a few movies. This place is amazing!
  • Tanya T.
    Tanya TateJanuary 21, 2011
    Being an english import myself great to pick up some UK series & movies on DVD. You will need region 2 DVD player to play.
  • Caroll G.
    Caroll GilliesSeptember 3, 2013
    Prepare to spend hours there in addition to your money... So worth it!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GlazkovMarch 9, 2013
    Nice place, many rare CDs, vinyls and it has a great atmosphere!
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Free parking. Massive selection. Free shows.
  • Jay G.
    Jay GrantJune 28, 2015
    The clearance records are in the back left of the store. Start there!
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    DJ Latin Prince ✔ December 29, 2010
    Great selection of music and if you want to get rid of old cd, movies etc its a good place to do so!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SettleOctober 10, 2010
    Check out the clearance rock section for sweet prices, I like picking up CDs with cool covers for a buck and trying my luck
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BardApril 18, 2011
    The 7" section is the best! Check out the picture disks shaped disks and colored vinyl!
  • JB
    JBMarch 20, 2012
    There is a reason you see dozens of people walking around Hollywood with one of those bright yellow shopping bags at any moment. #mecca
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Search for cheap vinyl, pay too much for new vinyl, get here early for the in-stores, and wander forever like there's nothing else to do.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WadeApril 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Biggest, best music store anywhere. Great used deals, amazing vinyl assortment. Good celeb sighting, too, if you're into that sort of thing. Read more
  • Alberto J S M.
    Alberto J S Moreau DOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A huge selection of music and videos on a simple store, good to visit
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunJune 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dope store with an insane vinyl collection. Live shows are free, check online beforehand
  • 🍒 Hells 🍒 B.
    Always keep an eye out, never know who you'll run into :D
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroDecember 29, 2014
    Paraíso para os viciados em discos! Aqui você encontra de tudo! Essa foi a maior loja de discos que já conheci, dá pra ficar o dia inteiro caçando disco!
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca CappellettiMay 18, 2016
    Está na calçada da fama e quer um disco? Vá pra Amoeba! Melhor e maior loja do ramo! Pegue o metrô em Hollywood/Highland e desça na próxima parada, Hollywood/Vine! E seja feliz!
  • Gabi F.
    Gabi FrudellesSeptember 20, 2014
    A loja de música mais completa dos EUA. Discos, CDs, livros, revistas e tudo sobre música de todos os estilos.
  • Eduardo L.
    Eduardo LazarinNovember 25, 2016
    La catedral del vinyl. No dejen de ir pero con 3-4 horas de tiempo para ver todo con calma
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