Ode to the Video Store

This may sound silly, but I have to admit to feeling sad about Blockbuster going into receivership. At first, some of the Canadian stores (such as our neighbourhood Blockbuster) remained open, but now all of them are closing. And it’s not so much the fact that Blockbuster in particular is closing. But the end of Blockbuster signals the end of all video stores.

I have been a “movie person” for as long as I can remember. My sister and I spent summers with our grandmother up in Rawdon, and we hung around the same group of friends, and I have very distinct memories of going to the local video store to pick out a movie. My memory may be skewed, but it seems to me that it was often a horror movie because the older kids (which included Sherry but not me) would win out. My friend Amy and I, as the two youngest in the group, wanted to be viewed as “grown up”, so we would go along with it and force ourselves to sit down in the living room with everyone else to watch it; nine times out of ten, we ended up leaving when the scary stuff started and we’d play games until it was over.

And then there is my current neighbourhood video store which is, in fact, a Blockbuster. Before we had Claire, Neal and I would usually save Fridays as our “movie date” nights, so the staff got to know us pretty well. The first time we went in after we had Claire, some of them came rushing over to take a peek inside the car seat.

We were over at our neighbours’ place last Saturday evening, and they mentioned that our Blockbuster was having their closing sale and they had bought a bunch of cheap movies. Neal and I don’t really re-watch movies very often, but I decided to stop in on Sunday afternoon to see if they had any good, cheap games for the PS3 (they didn’t). I didn’t spend much time in there at all because it was just… sad. Most of the shelves were empty, there were hardly any customers there so it was really quiet and I just felt a little like a vulture. After all, people are losing their jobs – sure, some of them are students working there part-time, but there are also quite a few who work there full-time and have been there for a long time.

So now we have to join the 21st century. Neal and I haven’t had a quiet Saturday night in awhile, so our plan is to rent a movie and take it easy. We’re either going to rent one from our digital cable company or from the Sony Store through our Playstation, but it just doesn’t feel the same. Sure, maybe it’s more convenient, but I have to say, I really enjoyed browsing through the new releases and trying to decide on which movie to rent. Now I’m just going to have a big list of movie titles.

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3 Responses to Ode to the Video Store

  1. sherry says:

    It is kind of sad, but I guess it’s just the convenience factor now. People are so busy that they just want to go home and relax so being able to order the movies is much faster and easier now. We haven’t done it yet, though we have watched things on On Demand, including a couple of movies.

    We recently got the Samsung SmartHub so we have access to NetFlix as well. I’ve heard there’s a free month trial where you don’t need to provide a credit card number up front so I might just subscribe to that next weekend to give it a try and if we don’t like it or use it much then we’ll just let it expire at the end of the month.

    I used to love that too though, going to the little video store in Rawdon to see what was on the shelves that we could rent.
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  2. Amanda says:

    We did the free trial of Netflix, and it was all right, but all of the movies are older, so you can’t get any of the new releases. The company is supposed to be trying to get the newer releases for the US version of Netflix, but we’re still a little behind.

  3. Papa says:

    I can’t remember the last time I actually rented a movie been a long time though.