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The Last Bookstore

453 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2013, United States
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  • The Last BookstorePro 2014
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    Came here to kill 2 birds with one stone. I watched an awesome improv show here at the coolest bookstore in LA that I've never been to. Score!

    It's all street parking around here, and I was able to find a left side street parking. Paralleling into that was fun! (not really)

    When I arrived, they had set up the first floor with chairs and couches in front of the small stage. It was a very intimate audience. I sat on the floor in the front and enjoyed the almost 2 hour free improv show. Gotta love LA and their events!

    The whole 2nd floor was a treat itself. I definitely had fun taking pictures here :) It's like a Harry Potter library gone wild. Very fun and I'd definitely recommend checking this place out even if you're not going to get any books.

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  • The Last BookstoreCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Amazing bookstore that doubles as an art gallery in the heart of dtla! Must visit!

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    This place is phenomenal! Really old school bookstore with fantastic decor and atmosphere. Takes you back in time and almost feels like a magical place filled with potential and possibilities.

    Just walking around The Last Bookstore is an experience in itself. Really interesting decorations that add to the ambiance. I could easily spend many many hours there and I bet many other folk could too.

    Interesting selection of used and new books. Well worth a trip for anyone who appreciates the written word!

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    I heard of this place from a number of internet sources and my curiosity got the best of me.

    The place itself is in an old building that has quite a bit of character. There's a couple of old bank vaults in the store and a number of random art installations on the top floor. I love the charm of the place. Not sure if part of the building was a bank at one time or another. Hopefully down the line, they can talk about the historical background of the area/

    The store did a great job renovating the area for people to enjoy and trying to create a community. I have to say though, the top floor level past the $1 book sign it looked very disorganized and smelled a bit raunchy. Maybe it's the condition of the books that caused that aroma. Plus there were boxes all over the area; hard to walk around. There was a guy in the corner in the employee area that was silently typing away and guarding the area.

    props the owners of the place. it's a nice little gem to the area.

    they need a bathroom!

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  • The Last BookstorePro 2014
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    Really great bookstore-- huge. Though it may not have EVERY title, they have a damn lot. They sell used and new books, so you can find the same title with different versions, conditions, and prices. Upstairs is a dollar shop ($1/book), as well as a few shops that sell handmade goods. Great place to stop by if you're in DTLA.

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    Gonna try to make this review short:
    Hidden precious gem located in LA, walking distance to syrup dessert (yum) and Exchange LA. A cool place to explore if you want a taste of LA, love artsy interior design or if you're a book lover.

    Don't forget to go upstairs, it's my favorite part of the store! Try to show up when they have something going on (look at their online calendar for events) to get the full experience.

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    If you can't find the book you're looking for here, it doesn't exist. Probably what Amazon would look like if it were a B&M. Huge.

    Upstairs books for $1. A fun place to explore even if you're not in the market for a good read.

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one."
    ― George R.R. Martin

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  • The Last BookstorePro 2014
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    Located inside a bank building constructed in 1914 The Last Bookstore is a welcome addition to downtown Los Angeles. What it lacks in depth of coverage of particular areas it makes up with its scope of available topics. You can even browse inside the bank's old vault for books.

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    I love how this place just keeps on evolving. The Last Bookstore may not be the last bookstore but it certainly is one of a kind. The building, which used to be a bank, is stunning with high ceilings and old vaults converted into reading nooks or art installations. Upstairs, it's like you were just dropped into the world of Alice in Wonderland with a maze of books, some color coded, some on shelves that are really a secret door, and some made into little windows. You could spend hours here just marveling at the space and design. And then, of course, there are the books!

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    Giant bookstore with a mix of new and used books along with a cafe and regular events. Worth checking out downtown.

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  • The Last Bookstore
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    I was bouncing up and down with glee when I stumbled upon this store unexpectedly while I was out in downtown. Such a grand used bookstore! This place has a ton of character - there's a sculpture made of used books inside the store. The selection of books is fantastic - you're bound to find something that you'll like, plus the prices that they offer these books for are super low. They have a cafe, though I haven't tried it yet (was closed when we got there).

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    Great place, if you can handle the smell of dirty hipsters >.

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    Books! Lots of books! Cheap books! Cool books! Fun books!

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4.5 out of 5
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517 people visited The Last Bookstore

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