Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Last of the Indie Vid Shops
For all the justified mumbles, grumbles and moans regarding the decline of local record shops - it's easy to overlook the disappearance of another small scale independent entertainment outlet. Video rental shops. The last of the indie vid's in our area shut up shop a couple of weeks ago, and until the closed sign was finally flipped forever it maintained all the required trappings and trimmings of a generic local video shop
The 'card-full-o'-signatures' loaner system (was there ever a name for that?)
A sticker claiming '6 (or 8) copies available' on recent releases - although all 6(or 8)copies were rarely available.
Poster splattered walls and windows.
Oddbod titles with one solo signature on the rental card 'Dunstan Checks In'
Faded Copies of Donnie Brasco or Devil's Advocate for sale (£5)in the ex-rentals bin
So are there any still standing near you, and what are the names please? Or do you have any cherished memories from the eighties rental boom and beyond (£50 deposit and £1 a night hire) when video shops spread across the UK faster than swine flu.
A couple video-rewinds of mine are...
The first wave saturation of video renters and bandwagon riders. Record shops, garages even a hardware shop (yes I was a member) were lending from their extensive overnight libraries.
In the splatter-friendly pre-certification days, a film chosen as suitable viewing for a former girlfriend and myself by her parents (while they went out for an evening) was the full strength, unedited version of 'Cannibal Holocaust'!?!?