WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

August 26, 2008 at 12:10 am (Times Square Store) (, , , , )

I’ve been asked this question several times since we expanded a section of our Times Square store to make room for a special Warner Bros. DVD pop-up store. I guess I’m somewhere between “An American In Paris” and “300” — so I’m finding the 400 sq. foot interactive Warner Bros. 85th Anniversary store more like a mini-movie museum than a typical DVD – flip-the-bins type shop. The store is complete with a red carpet – and a huge flat screen that shows cool movie clips from WB’s 85 years in the moviemaking biz. Now all I need is a Lazy Boy recliner and a box of Red Vines and I might not ever leave. Come check it out for yourself…or click on this YouTube link to see a sneak peak.

BTW…what is your favorite movie of all time?
Cheers,
Dee

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Virgin offers “To Go” orders at Hollywood Megastore

July 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm (Hollywood Store) (, , , )

Not sure if you’re like me, but at times I loathe parking. It actually keeps me from venturing out to shop — well, okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration. However…we have been brainstorming a fun new way to make our DVDs, Video Games, CDs, books, etc “To Go” and are trying it out at our Hollywood Virgin Megastore. We all know that parking in Hollywood can be trying so now you can just call, email or fax your order into our store. In just a few minutes we will be waiting curbside with your purchases. Not too bad huh? We thought this might come in handy for studio execs or even the ever-busy LA shopper. When you call you just need to have your credit card, pick up time and make/model of your car and a Megastore Shopper will place your order and bring it out to you! To place your order you can:

Email: curbsideservice@virginmega.com
Fax: 323-469-9677
or call: 323-769-8520, ext. 2401

We start the service this week! We are only offering it at the Hollywood and Highland location for now — but try it out!
Cheers,
Dee

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NAS MAKES TIME FOR VIRGIN MEGASTORES

July 16, 2008 at 5:17 am (Union Square Megastore) (, , )

Cool event today, I’d thought I’d share with you all. One of Union Square’s all time favorite customer’s, NAS, came to the Virgin Megastore Union Square to release his new CD, “Nas” for a special autograph signing today. Over 600 of his fans packed our store after waiting countless hours outside in line. He spent nearly three hours signing his CDs for the group. Check out the pics below. Great event!

Cheers
Dee

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PRIDEFEST – HUGE SUCCESS

July 1, 2008 at 6:28 am (Hollywood Store, Times Square Store) (, , )

So from the west coast to the east coast we helped celebrate the annual Pridefest celebrations! Up in San Fran we had a big Ford F250 outfitted with a sound system and fully decorated in Virgin flair. At 10am we hit the parade route driving behind Cyndi Lauper’s convertible on the parade route. The parade was a lot of fun – as our own DJ “The Voice of Virgin” Dave, did an awesome job on the back of the truck, hyping up Cyndi’s new album in between tracks that he played, and talking to the crowd. Our 4 Virgin staffers walking beside the truck also were key – they passed out swag bags and fliers to the parade crowds that screamed the loudest for us. Several times throughout the morning people came up to us or just screamed from the crowd, “We love Virgin Megastore!” The weekend provided many challenges for our Pridefest team – from flight cancellations, run-ins with the cops, taxi drivers who didn’t know their way around the city, and having to drive a Ford F250 in San Francisco with road closures – but most importantly it was a lot of fun for both our staff and the crowds. Below see pictures of Ms. Lauper and crowd, along with our own April Windsor showing off our Virgin Ford F250! Out in NYC it was also a great weekend as our Union Square store held it’s 2nd annual Pride Fest celebration to tie in to the city’s parade and events. We were happy to have Peppermint – Drag Queen of the Year back as our host again this year. See below for some pics of the event!

Cheers,
Dee

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” UNITED BY PRIDE” – VIRGIN HOSTS PRIDEFEST ACTIVITIES – COME JOIN US

June 28, 2008 at 9:13 am (Upcoming Events) (, , )

To help mark the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade we’re hosting a Virgin Megastore booth at the two day event in San Fran – we’ll be offering quite a bit of music, DVDs and fashion items. You can also look for our truck in the parade on Sunday – we’ll be following Cyndi Lauper while we jam to her new album “Bring Ya To The Brink.”

In NYC we also have some cool things planned as it’s our 2nd year to be involved in the Pridefest there. Starting on Saturday at noon at our Union Square store we have quite a line up of performers including: Ari Gold, Joi Cardwell, Jason Walker, Brian Kent, and more. Also on hand will be some of the hottest porn stars, including Porn Studio “Raging Stallion”, to sign copies of their films and meet their fans. Starting at Noon DJ Max Rodriguez will kick off the Pride festivities to celebrate the release of his new PRIDE 2008 from Centaur Entertainment. To keep things rolling right along we’ve asked our hostess and HX DRAG Queen of the Year, Peppermint, to come back for the second year and join our festivities! Virgin is also happy to be the sponsor of HX’s Pride Float which will be featured in this year’s Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28. We’ve been told that Jake Deckard, Steve Cruz, Damien Crosse and Antonio Biaggi are all slated to be at the cities events as well! Should be a great weekend.
Here is some additional info on Pridefest in San Francisco in case you need it —
Hope to see you out there!
Cheers,
Dee

About the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration
San Francisco Pride has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is, “United by Pride, Bound for Equality.” The event will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2008 in the Civic Center of downtown San Francisco.

With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

The two-day event is packed with a wide variety of vendors, artists, music in a variety of genres, performers, dance stages and venues, and fun. There really is something here for everyone.

The Celebration at Civic Center is also host to our Main Stage where this year you can catch Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Inaya Day, Kat DeLuna, and Crystal Waters.
Our Latin Stage with the best national and international performances taking place on our community stages – our third year stages include the Trans Stage and Homo Hip Hop – as well as our veteran stages, the Asian and Pacific Islander Stage, NectArena Women’s Stage, Soul of Pride African American Stage, Latin stage and more! We also have gathering spaces for the Clean & Sober community, kids, elders, and the Deaf & hard-of-hearing.

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Metal Gear Solid 4 Launch

June 24, 2008 at 7:56 am (Hollywood Store) (, , , , )

Around 800 gaming fans waited outside our Virgin Megastore in Times Square overnight for our launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for Playstation 3. It was great to see the enthusiasm they all came into the store with for the special midnight signing session with creator Hideo Kojima. The event was extremely exciting as Hideo made his grand entrance down the escalators to the theme song of MGS4. Hideo handpicked the Virgin Megastore Times Square for this special launch and signing and we’re glad he did!

Fans were also treated with the appearance by actress Yumi Kikuchi, who was motion-captured for the game. Yumi joined Hideo on the stage and signed autographs until 2:00AM meeting eager and excited fans. It was a blast for our employees…as well as the fans. We love the energy that gamers bring to our events!

Here are couple of pictures below – in case you didn’t make it out.

Cheers,
Dee

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KNOCK OUT EVENT AT VIRGIN MEGASTORE HOLLYWOOD

June 19, 2008 at 7:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

We had a great event last night at our Hollywood & Highland store, UFC Champion, Tito Ortiz, signed copies of his autobiography, This Is Gonna Hurt; The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion. I’ve always been a big fan of Tito’s and after watching him on last season’s Celebrity Apprentice, was pumped to meet him in person. He was terrific with his fans as he took time to chat with them in between his signings. Great night. Great Guest. We’d welcome him back anytime.

Cheers,
Dee

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“Golden” Event at Our Hollywood Megastore

June 12, 2008 at 12:39 am (Hollywood Store) (, , )

Hi all,

Last night we had a great in-store with Downtown Records artist, Santogold. We saw her perform at Coachella this year where she also signed at our Megastore tent and she also did a phenomenal in-store performance for us at Union Square store! So we knew we wanted her for our west coast location as well!! Despite being on the verge of losing her voice, Santi performed a great 5-6 song set in the Hollywood & Highland courtyard to about 300 fans, complete with her amazing back-up dancers/vocalists and a DJ. Directly following her performance she signed CD’s for her fans at our store. A big Thanks to everyone involved – Downtown, ADA, Rocket Science, Indie 103, Dwayne & Tony’s team at H&H and the staff at Virgin H&H who helped the event run smoothly. In case you missed out….here are a few photos from the event.

Cheers,
Dee

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CLAY AIKEN CREATES QUITE THE COMMOTION AT OUR TIMES SQUARE MEGASTORE:

May 8, 2008 at 1:18 am (Times Square Store) (, , )

Well Clay Aiken fans were out in full force last night as they descended on our Virgin Megastore Times Square – two days early to secure a place in line to meet Clay Aiken. Fans slept on the streets outside our store for two nights waiting for his arrival yesterday afternoon. Clay’s CD went on sale at midnight on Monday and it was quite the event for our friends outside. Hundreds of fans chanted as midnight approached in anticipation of purchasing “On My Way Here”. Multiple copies were bought by each fan making it a record breaking Clay Aiken fan night! Clay arrived at the Virgin Times Square on May 6th just before his scheduled 2PM signing from his busy TV appearance schedule in NYC. Clay Fans (not to be mistaken with the Clay Mates) clapped and screamed as he went down the escalator. We were only able to get the first 300 fans in to meet him, due to his packed schedule — however we look forward to having him back again in our stores soon. In case you couldn’t make it out – check out the video below.

Cheers,
Dee

Virgin VIP Winner Sulin Yao got the chance to meet her favorite star Clay Aiken yesterday at the instore. Sulin was very excited to have this opportunity and said, “I never win anything, glad I signed up for VIP!” It was a very exciting moment as Sulin and Clay had the opportunity to chat before he signed CDs for 300 eager fans. Clay even inquired about our VIP program and loved that we offer such a unique opportunity for our customer’s.

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Virgin Recommends at Coachella

April 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

We had a great weekend at the Coachella festival! Fantastic performances, perfect weather and Prince on stage – it couldn’t have gone any better. The signings inside our Virgin Mega Tent were really fun as well. A first for me, as Les Savy Fav actually allowed their fans to pose and take some fairly creative photos with them. Crowds packed our tent for Gogol Bord performance — her and her back up dancers have energy to spare! Truly a great show. Hope you were able to make it out to the desert. As always, Coachella definitely delivered once again.

Cheers,
Dee

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