Redlands Vinyl Records: An Overview of Cinema History and Old Film Shows | New


Redlands Vinyl Records owner David Bernal shows off one of his favorite movies: “Evel Knievel”.

Redlands Vinyl Records was listed as “Guides to the Strange, the Wonderful and the Obscure” in the Inland Empire, a book recently written by author and Riverside resident Larry Burns.

Store owner Dave Bernal spoke enthusiastically about his lifelong passion project.

” We are crazy. Who would do that? Someone crazy. So we do it.

Bernal hung out at a local record store in the 1970s and from there began a career of buying and selling music and film paraphernalia that now spans four decades. He also owned a movie theater for 15 years in Hemet. Today, he owns two specialty record stores, one in Redlands and the other in Palm Springs.

“Initially, we just wanted to open a store,” he said last year on The Create Podcast, which can be found on YouTube.

“I wanted to be either in a tourist area or in an established area with pedestrian traffic. Here we have the university and a lot of things going on, and I live here. It makes it easier, ”Bernal said of the Redlands location.

He and his business partner, David Young, stumbled across two stores in both a tourist and established location. Thus, the sites of Palm Springs and Redlands were born.

About 10 years ago, the Redlands location opened, first on Cajon Street, then moved to the current location on Redlands Boulevard. They were the last to screen movies at the Fox Theater at the time. Last year their neighbor, an animal grooming company, moved to Mentone. They acquired additional space for their Vinyl Pharmacy online store and for additional storage.

Bernal always finds something to appreciate in the items he collects.

“Someone took the time and effort to create something, and they must have believed in something,” he described as something he looks for in any album or movie.

While a record store in and of itself may not be too exotic, although more so nowadays than in the past, Bernal is an avid collector of music and movies far beyond the standard fare. He also collects 16mm and 35mm films and their accompanying projectors and equipment.

“We allow any film enthusiast or student to come, and I teach them to glue films and manipulate films,” he said.

This work is made possible by their non-profit organization, Hollywoodland Film Society.

“Much of our history is lost because no one cares. So we have to try to save things, ”said Bernal. The store houses Super 8 home movies, slides, and family photos from people who have digitized them before.

“These are used by film students for projects. We want to have archival footage. Here’s a flashback scene, and they’ve got footage from that period. We can’t go back and recreate that, ”he explained of the importance for them of having images from different time periods.

Sometimes when the record store closes at night, the space is used to show a classic movie in a way that respects the original cinematic experience. By honoring the original craft of filmmaking and sharing it with other enthusiasts and the community, Bernal hopes the craft will continue to live on.

“It is important that I continue to share this with them because they are the next generation of what will be left and if it’s gone and no one remembers it. I want to continue to disseminate it and make it accessible, ”he said.

There will be another film screening soon. Visit the store for times and dates.


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