We were at one of the Dallas-Fort Worth locations in mid-cities, for god knows what reason. Review Highlights “ I managed to get a copy of E.T. What we got were surprisingly emotional stories of warm family times, cruddy jobs, and cultural awakenings in the VHS age. Sometimes, you’ve got to accept that it’s “game over” for your company. I secretly loved it in all its ugliness though. We wrapped it in multiple boxes so she could not guess what it was from the outside. We wore it with matching Civic Video name stickers. Like, a HUGE Prancer. Details ... Add business hours. I still remember the lighting inside and the sound of the employees constantly ‘speed rewinding’ the VHS tapes. 28 reviews. And I remember before I got into anime, thinking the video store category name ‘Japanamation’ was really clever. But there was just no making that fire-engine-red polo shirt stylish! After asking the clerk, he broke the bad news that someone had already purchased it. I know this because the film’s theatrical release was November of ‘89 and those movies took AT LEAST three to six months to make it to video, which sounds insane now. He’s seen it many times since then, but I’m not sure he’s as big a fan as we were.” — Amy, California, “I was 19 and going through a very difficult time in my life, I was devastated emotionally and I isolated myself from everyone because I needed to get through it alone. Next door was KFC, and then next door to that was Video Ezy. I miss my friends.” — Diane Staman, North Ridgeville, Ohio, “Our regular video store was going out of business and my mom asked if we wanted to stop in and buy a movie (VHS of course). Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. Also, the shop assistants were entirely elderly ladies, who were clueless about VCR technology full-stop, let alone film certification. The ritual of leaving the house to rent a movie has all but disappeared, but we can still rewind our memories. I did not have a particularly great childhood, and I definitely watched an unhealthy amount of horror movies at a very young age, but walking through and looking at all those giant, clamshell VHS boxes, the feeling of independence it gave me to pick out what I wanted to watch is one of my fondest childhood memories. Remembering the Glory Days of the Video Rental Store. Thank you.” — Brian Abrams, Brooklyn, New York, “I must’ve been 7 or 8 years old, an only child and a latchkey kid. Though some specialty video rental shops survive, the golden age of the video store … How can you find out if you're getting equal pay? Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. In the company's latest financial report in March 2017, it employed 390 people and made an operating loss of £1.3m. Richard Stanton, editor of Kotaku UK, said the chain was "of an era that is now slowly disappearing". I just remember shining inside with delight as we walked around picking out my own movies, and candies in the rectangular boxes. I moved to the US from China — here are the biggest cultural differences I've noticed between the 2 countries, Bath & Body Works is now a standalone company — we visited a store and saw why it's been L Brands' secret weapon, CBA and NAB pass on RBA interest rate cut in full, but ANZ and Westpac defy Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's orders, How to watch Netflix on your TV in 5 different ways, The incredible story of Ferrari's 72-year journey from an upstart racing team to a $27 billion luxury brand. She was surprised when I wasn’t enthusiastic. We always watched them and I loved calling people at home to let them know we had their ‘personal video cassette’ and would they mind bringing back our copy of Titanic?” — Ashley Witt, Minneapolis, Minnesota, “I liked how I could go in and just browse, and no one pressured me to buy anything. "It's a little bit sad for me because I think if you're from a certain generation it meant a lot," he said. The diverse collection of films attracted an eclectic clientele. Share. It was nice to have a group of people, who had no idea of the sad things that had happened to me, treat me like a friend and not like a fragile thing that could break.” — April, Denver, Colorado, “When I was little, Blockbuster offered ‘Kidprints,’ videos that parents could buy of their children answering questions about themselves in case they ever went missing and needed to be identified. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. The business began as a stall in Newcastle's Grainger Market in 1997, mainly selling second-hand video games. We knew all the lines and we thought it would be fun to act it out as we watched. We still miss him, he was a sweet young man, no matter now inept he was!” — Laura Hemly, Tampa, Florida, “I worked there in high school, Clerks-style. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking.