the last picture show

My favorite video store of all time is gone. Video Review, Greensboro, NC. The video rental options in town are now about down to zero. I won't stand in line at one of those automated machines (Red Box) that have a limited selection anyway.

I found out about Video Review in 1987 when I bought my first VCR from Sears. I still have that VCR and it still works! Back then, all video stores I knew of charged an annual membership fee. That's the way it was at the time. Sears gave me a coupon good for a free membership at Video Review, so I tried it. For nearly a quarter of a century, I found little reason to go anywhere else.

This store was run by a lovely husband/wife team who always tried to say hello as people came in. The wife died a few years after the store opened, but the husband kept it going until the very end.

It was different in this store. The selection was amazing. Over the years, the inventory got to be mega huge. I found out the reason was because at least one copy of every movie they ever offered was always kept. They never sold all copies of a title. They also kept their inventory of VHS videocassettes until the very end of the business. I know that pleased the fans of VHS even though DVD's had long taken over.

In the 80's, I was a foreign film addict. Video Review had more of those than anywhere else. They also specialized in obscure movies. It was a cinema lover's dream.

The store carried almost everything, and one thing I especially liked was that the owner never bowed down to the self-appointed morality police or censors. This would flare up every now and then whenever something controversial came out. Other stores would pull the titles immediately (umm, Blockbuster), but Video Review never backed down on anything. I think it was the owner's opinion that anyone was free to NOT rent any title of their choosing, so leave it alone for the others. Good man!

VCR's and later DVD players were sold here, too. If you brought one of their machines, you got your movies free, one per week for a year. I loved this place.

I'm sorry to see it close. πŸ˜₯ This business absolutely had no equal. πŸ˜₯ I rented SO many movies here for so many years. πŸ˜₯ Damn, damn, damn!

Picture tribute follows.

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

Video Review - Greensboro, NC

7 responses to “the last picture show

  1. 😦 welcome to the digital era :(that reminds me, I have so many of my child hood memories taped… have to some how convert those Video tapes into digital form πŸ™‚

  2. Originally posted by decodedthought:

    have to some how convert those Video tapes into digital form

    That will be a good project one day. I had good success converting the family's 35mm slides into digital using a homemade method, but I hardly know a thing about video.

  3. Walk softly around the tapes and machines. Speak only in hushed tones. Close your eyes as you push the cassettes into the slot. Keep the room slightly cool. Breathe slowly and deeply.Guaranteed to work! :up: πŸ˜€

  4. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    but I hardly know a thing about video

    you are not alone :whistle: couple of things I need to do before I set out on that project ;P-Get a tv turner card.-Check if one of the two VCR's are still working perfectly-see if the video tapes are in good conditionits been really really long time since I played those family tapes in the VCR and am pretty sure that those tapes won't play well even if the VCR's work… :awww:

  5. Dang economy :irked:

  6. I also refuse to stand out in the cold, or in line at one of those stupid little RedBoxes that don't have anything I want to watch.It is indeed frustrating that all the great little shops are gone. I refuse to spend money at Blockbuster, and now that Hollywood Video is gone, the only place I have left is a place called Rainy Day Records downtown. It's primary business is, as the name suggests, vinyl records, and CDs. Their video and DVD section is merely a corner of the store. So, not a voluminous selection by any stretch. They don't even have Buffy, for christ's sake! They aren't inexpensive, but insuring they stay in business is cheap at any price.I'm sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how empty you must feel.

  7. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    I also refuse to stand out in the cold, or in line at one of those stupid little RedBoxes that don't have anything I want to watch.

    It so amazes me to see the lines, sometimes 10 deep, for those things. I ain't doing it.There's one place here that does a big trade in used DVD's, but they price everything just shy of the price for new on Amazon.There's pay-per-view on the cable. It's more expensive, $3.99 and up. The selection is so-so. It will have to do.I miss the random finds I'd run across in Video Review. Also, in the summer, it was kept nice and cool in there, just like in a good movie theater, with movie trailers playing over good speakers from all corners of the store.

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