On May 20, 2020, Spectrum News 1 put a spotlight on the Larry Edmunds Bookshop. The article is reprinted below and you can also read the original article online.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been a Hollywood landmark since 1938. Historically, it was part of a community of bookstores along Hollywood Blvd. that would bring movie lovers, scholars, and collectors to the neighborhood.
Now, in the age of online retailing, Larry Edmunds is the last of its kind.
What You Need To Know
The Larry Edmunds Bookshop has inspired generations of filmmakers
Became a crossroads for scholars, collectors, and film buffs
Huge part of business also comes from tourism
GoFundMe campaign to save the store gaining traction
Jeffrey Mantor started working at the bookshop in 1991 and is now the proprietor of the store, which has an impressive collection of rare movie books and film memorabilia.
“I used to be the kid. I'm not the kid anymore,” said Mantor. “I'm the last man standing now.”
Mantor explains that in the 1960s and 70s, with the rise in film scholarships and interest in Golden Age Hollywood, Larry Edmunds Bookshop became a crossroads for scholars, collectors, and film buffs.
“A lot of people in that era made it a point to come down here and spend a whole afternoon basically just going up and down on the boulevard,” said Mantor.
Over the years, the store has also been important to generations of young filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino, who lovingly recreated the 1960s iteration of Larry Edmunds for his Oscar-winning film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
A huge part of the store’s business also comes from tourism.
“We've always been very reliant on those people and love to visit them and see them every year,” said Mantor. “They're not going to be here this year.