Amoeba Music
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Amoeba is a dynamic part of L.A.’s musical community, with thousands of music lovers from all walks of life passing through their doors every day. Their fun and experienced staff is an all-star team of veterans from music and movie stores all over the country. They have experts in every field and collectively, the musical knowledge they represent is encyclopedic and unparalleled. They are also a critically acclaimed music venue, with a long history of hosting live bands, artist signings, DJs, parades, charity events, and release parties. Located in the El Centro complex at the corner of Hollywood and Argyle, Amoeba is a highly visible and easily accessible destination. They have validated parking (75 minutes with purchase) in the El Centro parking structure and it's very convenient to public transportation with the Hollywood & Vine Metro rail stop across the street.
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Neighbourhood: Hollywood
Hollywood undoubtedly conjures up images of movie stars and high-end lifestyles, and to this day, tourists flock here from around the world to see the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and to catch a glimpse of the famed Hollywood sign up close. Celebrity impersonators and crowds give these areas the feeling of an amusement park while many clubs and hotels fill up around the weekends for late-night partying - the Hollywood club scene is a haven for thumping music and table-side bottle service. But parties aren’t the only way to enjoy this area, many visitors come to the neighborhood to sit back with a picnic to watch a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and those looking to stay fit trek along nature trails in the Hollywood hills and in Griffith Park.
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RJ411
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Didn't quite live up to the hype. Very Big Store plenty of inventory...What makes me leave 3 star review is the staff just wasn't very helpful.Some staff sent energy as though I was supposed to know my way around this place I'd never been here and always had it on my list because of the reputation but the San Fran location was a 5 star review
The staff there was 👍🏾👍🏾
Written 7 April 2024
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Polaroids & Drinkin Stories
United States1,512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Everything you've heard about this store is true. It's amazing. Spacious. Awesome selection. Good prices. This is their new location on Hollywood (they were on Sunset.) It may be a little smaller but it doesn't feel like it. Books. Vinyl. CDs. DVDs. Shirts. Posters. Everything you could want. The only thing that stinks is they used to have their own parking lot underneath the store on Sunset. Not here. There is a lot you can park in just around the corner and they will validate for 75 minutes with a purchase. Aside from that the store lives on and is still awesome.
Written 20 December 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Always a good stop for your music shopping and purchases. We stopped on Black Friday and it was super busy. It is a great place to look for vinyl, CDs, tshirts, DVDs, books, music related items. Parking available half a block away. Get your ticket validated for free parking!
Written 25 November 2023
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ12,659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I never made it to the iconic cool design of the Sunset Blvd location and for this I'm super sad. I can't say seeing this from outside has the same impact the original location had and that's a shame. I know they say it was cuz of Covid but I'm guessing there were a lot of other factors. The thing is that this location is not an easy in and out, one has to figure out the whole parking issue and whole thing has to be much more of an occasional treasure hunt thing if you don't live right there. Overall, I think I preferred the Berkeley location which also has Rasputin's right there, but that doesn't help I suppose if you're in LA lol. Anyway, I just mean it's nice if the location is an easy in and out for access if it's the only thing you're going to the location for. That being said I loved hanging in the store since I purchase most of my cd's and vinyl on line these days which makes it easier to quickly find what your looking for to be honest the online prices were mostly cheaper too. It's hard to justify paying so much more just to support a brick and mortar store and this has been a struggle for me over the years, I want to support them but the price differences are often significant. Despite this I like to have the real touch and feel of owning the cd, not just streaming but I know that isn't popular with most these days. This store is exciting though still to see the enthusiasm of people shopping for real music and well worth going.
Written 27 August 2023
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Mdgrl79
Phoenix, AZ448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited Amoeba music after attending the Cruel World festival in Pasadena the previous day. It had been a while since I purchased anything in a legit record store, since, for a long time now, I've shopped online. I visited Amoeba with my husband and another couple we traveled with, each of us being mega music fans. We decided to play "What's in my bag?" I wouldn't exactly say Amoeba has everything, but they sure do have A LOT! It was overwhelming looking at everything. If there's one small criticism I have, it would be that the genres weren't broken down far enough. I was specifically looking for darkwave/goth/new wave selections, and it would have been nice to see sub-sections devoted to those genres. Instead, I had to look through all things rock/pop to find the bands I was looking for. I had a few titles in my hand, but realized the prices were a little high, and I thought "I could probably find those cheaper online." So I stuck to grabbing a few records that seemed to be more of a friendly price-point, comparable to what I'd find online. I also got the obligatory Amoeba music t-shirt (I mean, how could you not?!) as well as a Depeche Mode World Violation tour t-shirt - I'm not sure if it was an original design, but I was positive it was something I wouldn't see anywhere else, so since they're my favorite, it was a must-buy. My husband found a pretty cool t-shirt with a saying that is perfect for concert-going and a record that he stumbled upon. This is an amazing store, and frankly, we thought it would be even bigger than it actually is. It gets VERY busy here, so just keep that in mind if you're wanting to casually browse. Despite being busy, the checkout line moves really quickly. Overall, this was an interesting "throwback" experience, and it would be cool to make a return visit on a future trip to the general area. This is certainly a must-visit for the music lovers out there!
Written 22 May 2023
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SFTRVLR
San Francisco, CA2,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Excellent record store- brought me back to years ago. Really great selection and tons of different sections. Has Records, CDs as well as movie DVDs, books and posters.
Written 17 April 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
It is alway worth a stop to Amoeba. The selection of vinyl, cds, dvds is huge. Park in the adjoining ramp, get your ticket validated for free parking. Worth it! I usually find something here.
Written 16 March 2023
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Amy M
Fayetteville, NC112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I think this was highlight of Hollywood Blvd. I would walk in just to see merchandise. The loft area has books. Parked in El Centro parking lot (hard to find elevator in Garage and hard to find walk in Enteance from street), had to make left turn on busy street. There were a lot of people, might be worth taking red line from a station with free parking. Really nice place to walk through, wish there were more local eateries within eye shot of store.
Written 28 January 2023
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA3,149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I decided to get some new cd’s for my car and was looking for a good selection of used cd’s. Took the red line train to the Hollywood/vine station and was practically right next door to the station.
Not too many of these vinyl/cd stores left standing and there was also a large selection of rock and roll memorabilia and other collectibles. In my case I just decided to get some Annie Lennox cds which were only a few dollars. For those who want a short walk it was no more then 3/4 mile to walk to the Hollywood/highland station
Written 22 November 2022
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gborotraveler
South Pole272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Awesome record shop. Tons of everything. Could spen a fortune here and man wished I had save all of my old fliers from shows back in the day. They were selling for $40-$100. Huge variety of stuff. Great memorabilia to go through. Music movies etc. just a very cool music store. But huge. Staff all friendly as well
Written 13 November 2022
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