Would you trade a night of on-demand streaming for one last trip to your old video rental store?
Blame it on nostalgia but I feel a twinge of sadness when I think that my future children will not have the simple pleasure of going to a local video rental store and picking out a film to watch that night.
I remember going to our local video rental store, an independent, when I was around 14/15 with my mum. We’d spend time making our decision – feeling a little annoyed if the one we wanted had a ‘back soon’ label on as it was already borrowed – and sometimes bump into someone we knew.
Blockbuster and its independent comrades have been replaced with on-demand streaming: convenience is at your fingertips but with so many films to choose from the at-home film-watching experience feels more like a routine rather than an event.
I appreciate and enjoy the library of films available through streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, but if I had the option of going to my old video rental store one last time – with its walls of DVDs, poster and cardboard cut outs – I wouldn’t think twice about taking it.
- Find out more about the last Blockbuster still operating in this article from Cheddar. Official website for the last Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon
I hear ya Claire, I do miss going to brick n mortar stores too, but at the same time I love the convenience of streaming movies. I do still buy blu-rays of movies I love though.
On the whole I do enjoy the convenience of streaming, but I do miss going to the video rental store and it being more of an ‘event’.
I didn’t start going to the cinema regularly until university but was a regular visitor to my local video shop. I love the convenience and choice of streaming, but do miss video shops.
Same! Hopefully video shops will have a resurgence in the future at some point, perhaps like those cereal or jigsaw shops.
Totally agree. There was a used dvd store where you could trade in dvds at great prices. It was so much fun to be able to pick up fun movies at a bargain, but the community was great too – the staff and everyone just loved talking about movies. It’d be fun for it to reopen just for a day to visit again.
Thanks for your comment, Katy. You’ve mentioned something there that I missed – the human touch. Like the community at your store, the owner of my video rental store used to share his recommendations and views.