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Kensington Video will reopen in September

Travis says, “Thumbs up!”
Travis says, “Thumbs up!”
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Kensington Video

4067 Adams Avenue, San Diego

You can’t keep a good Winnie down. “Mom was bored to death,” laughs Guy Hanford, soon-to-be sole owner and operator of Kensington Video. “Retirement didn’t meet well with her.”

That’s just one of the reasons Guy has decided to reopen the family’s world-class video outlet. “I never wanted to close,” Guy continues. “Why should a successful business shut its doors?”

The “Everything for Sale” signs that began to line shelves a few months before the store’s first official closing last March were only half serious. “Sure, I’d have sold you Jurassic Park III or something like that,” said Hanford, “but I wasn’t going to let go of any of the rare stuff that I spent years accumulating.”

Plans to lease the storefront to a sushi restaurant fell through. With the larger portion of the space still on the market, Guy decided to turn back the clock and reinvent the 19' x 69' foot storefront that played home to the Hallmark Card Shop in 1963.

The west wall will be lined with a dozen or so ten-foot-high shelving units to accommodate approximately 15% of the collection. Take a deep breath, fellow vidiots. For the first time in its 30 year history, the complete Kensington Video catalog — all 70,000 titles — will be searchable online! If it’s not available in-store, send Guy your wish list, and he’ll have it ready for pickup within 48 hours.

The old counter space will be transformed into the Vidajuice Smoothie Bar. Continuing the family tradition, the fruit juice stand will be operated by Marc Sisneros, with an occasional appearance by his mother, one of the original Four Musketeers, Pam Hanford Sisneros. Expect chairs and benches as well as a video-projection system. It’s Guy’s dream to “give the space over to the local film community” one evening a week by starting the video equivalent of an open-mic night.

Video:

Annette Hanshaw, “Happy Days Are Here Again”

What about Winnie and Rich? “Dad wants nothing more than to build bookcases,” Guy jokes. “The last thing he needs is another customer asking for a title he’s never heard of. The reason I assumed sole proprietorship was so that Mom and Dad would be obligation free. There will be a showcase counter for Winnie’s Picks, and Mom is welcome to report to work whenever she feels like it.”

As for those not-so-friendly reminders to delinquent renters such as myself, the voice on the other end of the phone asking you to return a late movie will no longer be that of Winnie. “Let her have fun,” says Guy. “She’s spent enough of her life playing the part of late-fee vigilante.”

This news goes a long way in helping to take the sting off the loss of Landmark La Jolla Village. Expect the grand reopening to take place sometime in September. Happy days!

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Travis says, “Thumbs up!”
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Place

Kensington Video

4067 Adams Avenue, San Diego

You can’t keep a good Winnie down. “Mom was bored to death,” laughs Guy Hanford, soon-to-be sole owner and operator of Kensington Video. “Retirement didn’t meet well with her.”

That’s just one of the reasons Guy has decided to reopen the family’s world-class video outlet. “I never wanted to close,” Guy continues. “Why should a successful business shut its doors?”

The “Everything for Sale” signs that began to line shelves a few months before the store’s first official closing last March were only half serious. “Sure, I’d have sold you Jurassic Park III or something like that,” said Hanford, “but I wasn’t going to let go of any of the rare stuff that I spent years accumulating.”

Plans to lease the storefront to a sushi restaurant fell through. With the larger portion of the space still on the market, Guy decided to turn back the clock and reinvent the 19' x 69' foot storefront that played home to the Hallmark Card Shop in 1963.

The west wall will be lined with a dozen or so ten-foot-high shelving units to accommodate approximately 15% of the collection. Take a deep breath, fellow vidiots. For the first time in its 30 year history, the complete Kensington Video catalog — all 70,000 titles — will be searchable online! If it’s not available in-store, send Guy your wish list, and he’ll have it ready for pickup within 48 hours.

The old counter space will be transformed into the Vidajuice Smoothie Bar. Continuing the family tradition, the fruit juice stand will be operated by Marc Sisneros, with an occasional appearance by his mother, one of the original Four Musketeers, Pam Hanford Sisneros. Expect chairs and benches as well as a video-projection system. It’s Guy’s dream to “give the space over to the local film community” one evening a week by starting the video equivalent of an open-mic night.

Video:

Annette Hanshaw, “Happy Days Are Here Again”

What about Winnie and Rich? “Dad wants nothing more than to build bookcases,” Guy jokes. “The last thing he needs is another customer asking for a title he’s never heard of. The reason I assumed sole proprietorship was so that Mom and Dad would be obligation free. There will be a showcase counter for Winnie’s Picks, and Mom is welcome to report to work whenever she feels like it.”

As for those not-so-friendly reminders to delinquent renters such as myself, the voice on the other end of the phone asking you to return a late movie will no longer be that of Winnie. “Let her have fun,” says Guy. “She’s spent enough of her life playing the part of late-fee vigilante.”

This news goes a long way in helping to take the sting off the loss of Landmark La Jolla Village. Expect the grand reopening to take place sometime in September. Happy days!

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Sounds good to me. I hope it works. As for the sell-off, a lot of famous titles were dispatched, so I will be interested to see the remaining inventory. I think Guy and Pam are knowledgable and friendly and will make perfect sole proprietors of a video emporium.

June 10, 2015

I've been walking around with a dopey grin all day. It's great to have them back.

June 10, 2015

When did the Landmark LJ close? I was there recently to watch Deli Man.

June 10, 2015

I just read the LJ Landmark will close after this Sunday, June 14.

June 11, 2015

Thank you for the news on Kensington Video. A ritual of mine has been to see a movie at the Ken, pick up some movies to go at Kensington Video and have dinner at Ponce's across the street.

When I saw The Wrecking Crew at the Ken a month or so ago, I was saddened by the closed Kensington Video. Happy they decided to come out of retirement..be semi-retired. They were missed.

June 10, 2015

This is fantastic news. For many years, when dad comes to visit, multiple visits to Kensington Video have been obligatory (along with El Salvadoreño on Imperial Avenue). I did not know how i was going to fill this void in future visits. Now, I don't have to and have passed on the news to dad. Thank you Mr. Guy Hanford and may the force be with you!

June 11, 2015

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