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Guy Tours A Remaining Blockbuster Store (Very Nostalgic!)


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Wow, this guy managed to find a surviving Blockbuster store and got to tour it! It's pretty cool and very nostalgic!

 

 

I used to go to a Family Video in Western P.A. in 2012. No pizza though.

 

I do really miss the whole act of going to the store and seeing the aisles, and checking out movies I wouldn't have otherwise looked at.

 

When I was a young teenager in the very early 2000's, I would often go to Hollywood Video, and that's where I'd find gay-themed movies like Get Real or Johns or Trick. (HAAAAAATTTTTTED The Broken Hearts Club though.) That was always kind of my ritual as a kid with little to no social life- go to a video store on a Friday night, rent something, and get some popcorn. I tried really hard to get a job with Hollywood video, but I'm guessing I failed the "personality" test you had to take to work there.

 

Were rental video stores a big part of your own childhood?

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There was a blockbusters video 15 minutes from my house. I used to go there every weekend. They even had a silly little program where you could get yourself recorded singing something, which you could then bring home with you. When I was a really small child that was my favourite thing to do, even more fun than renting the movies themselves.

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The independent movie rental store that was a staple of my hometown finally closed it's doors last year. My mom used to take my brother and I almost every Friday after school to rent movies there. It had everything from new releases to old movies, to indies and cult classics and movies you'd never even heard of. Not to mention a "back room" where they kept a huge collection of X-rated movies that apparently accounted for a majority of their business before the internet porn age came to be. They used to give out free popcorn when you rented from them too. I really loved that place. 

 

They just couldn't compete with Redbox, Netflix, On-Demand, etc. though. Another entire business sector killed off by online media. 

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Wow that is crazy. Those are all gone, as far as I know, in Los Angeles. I remember being little and my dad holding my hand while he picked out a video game for himself and then a cartoon for me. But man that was a long time ago and I couldn't even tell you what shopping center it was in. Now we use redbox.

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The independent movie rental store that was a staple of my hometown finally closed it's doors last year. My mom used to take my brother and I almost every Friday after school to rent movies there. It had everything from new releases to old movies, to indies and cult classics and movies you'd never even heard of. Not to mention a "back room" where they kept a huge collection of X-rated movies that apparently accounted for a majority of their business before the internet porn age came to be. They used to give out free popcorn when you rented from them too. I really loved that place. 

 

They just couldn't compete with Redbox, Netflix, On-Demand, etc. though. Another entire business sector killed off by online media. 

 

I'd find a lot of obscure indie movies as a result of going to Hollywood Video, and later on, Family Video. (I googled the one I went to back in 2010-2012, and it's still around!)

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