You know, I miss video stores. Are they still considered video stores when they don't have videoes anymore? Anyway. We are living in a time where everything is so at our fingertips that we don't need to make sure the movies we rented yesterday are back before 7:00 the next day.
When I was little, there was a different video on almost every block. Prime Time Video, Late Nite Video, Video World, and, finally, Blockbuster. Blockbuster was the last, and most commercial, chain to arrive in Ellwood City. I remember my mother complained that they charged almost twice the amount as other stores in my town, but it was the closest to our house. These stores are a thing of the past now, and it was announced today that Blockbuster fully joins the video store in the sky.
To be honest, I didn't know Blockbuster had any stores left. By mid-January, however, they will all be gone. USA Today reported that Blockbuster will close the final 300 locations, and the DVD-by-mail operation will stop before the end of the year.
Maybe I am turning into an old man, but I think that sucks. Whenever I see a Family Video (and I have extra time), I will stop and just walk around. I liked trying to figure out what movie I wanted to pick for a quiet Friday night. Yes, it's easier to flip on OnDemand, or run to a RedBox, but it felt like movies lived more in a video store. You had to reserve your copy of Scream 3 at Video World, because if you didn't, all the copies would be claimed for months. Yes, it's easier to hit a button and see a movie, but I liked being surrounded by them all when I went to a video store.
So, farewell, Blockbuster. We hardly knew ye. To mourn, watch this scene from the original Scream. I wonder where Randy would work next...