Mystery Pier Books-West Hollywood
What: Mystery Pier Books
All First Edition and Autographed Novels for Private Collections.
Where: West Hollywood
For: All Ages
While exploring West Hollywood on foot, we passed a small entryway that led to a long corridor behind the storefronts. At the end of the pathway was a small house that was converted into a store. The sign said ‘Mystery Pier Books’, and we soon found out that it’s one of the most famous independently-owned bookstores in the world.
Literally thousands of books in the store.
Mystery Pier Books is owned by a father and son team, and it prides itself in selling first-edition and limited-edition books. Almost all the books are signed by the authors. One of my favorite was a copy of Jurassic Park that was signed by all the actors in the film, Stephen Spielberg and Stephen King. Mystery Pier Books has a partnership with many of the higher-ups in the entertainment industry. With these connections, they can make specially-bound copies of movie scripts with the actors autographs inside.
The corridor that you walk down to get to the store.
There are literally thousands of books crammed into this cramped-but-cozy store. All of them are kept in near mint condition. One of my favorite scripts were La La Land, Shape of Water and The Green Mile. Keep in mind that you can see everything in the store, but you do have to ask the owners to take it down and show it to you.
Some of the celebrities that buy from Mystery Pier.
There were only two other people who walked in briefly when we were in the store. We spent about half an hour in the store looking at all types of books, scripts and pictures. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the owner, Harvey Jason. He prided himself by name dropping a list of all the celebrities that have been in the book store to buy from him (apparently Johnny Depp enjoys the store so much that he has a shirt that he often wears during his concerts). If you are of a particular ‘A-List’ status, the store does close down for private appointments. Please refer to the website for days and hours of operation.
La La Land Script Signed by Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling.
I couldn’t leave the shop emptyhanded. Since everything was so expensive (it is a store for private collectors, after all), I opted for a black tote bag with the store’s logo on the front. That ended up costing $25! I was very happy that I left with a souvenir from the shop. Harvey told me that books can cost from as little as $50 to as much as $100,000 (although you won’t see the expensive ones on the shelves…those are reserved for the special vault in the back).
My favorite movie, The Green Mile script signed by writer/director Frank Darabont.
Mystery Pier Books Information
8826 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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