Remember renting movies on a Friday night? Driving to the overly air conditioned movie store to pick out a DVD or OMG, a VHS, from the racks and racks of rentals? The best part was the over-priced candy and instant popcorn at the checkout counter where you had to convince them you were a member, you just forgot your card. That all went away with the rise of digital video. Now there’s appleTV, hulu, Netflix…now there’s everything but driving in your car to a strip mall to rent a movie for 24 hours. So what happened to all those stores? The sprawling footprints? Nothing, apparently. The collection of photos below are the sometimes-sad portraits of an entertainment empire that once was. The big Blockbuster’s I’m more than happy to see go; it’s the smaller, local rental stores that are more reminiscent of times past.
The Movie Store – Austin, Texas
Viral Video – Keansburg, New Jersey
Miracle Video – Houston, Texas
Rent-A-Flick – Dittmer, Missouri
Blockbuster Video – Hudson, Florida
Blockbuster Video – Poquoson, Virginia
Blockbuster Video – Newport News, Virgina
BTW: If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, Brooklyn’s GO Open Studios puts you in artists’ studios with the power to vote on whether or not they deserve a show at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s like a reality TV show in real life! I’ll be live tweeting it here and sharing my Instagrams along the way.