I often still think about some of my old stomping grounds during the VHS Boom of the 80's, 90's. for me I had 2 great stores that I loved going to first I had Felix Video located 4 houses away from my old house. It was a very small place but as soon as you walked in the door HORROR FEST. the very first wall in the store was horror movies and my parents would take me there to rent games and kiddie movies but my eyes would see that wall and they called me to rent them and although my parents wouldnt rent me everything I got to see a lot of greats at a young age Return of the living dead 1 and 2, Dawn of the Dead, Monkey Shines, Re-animator ect. Sadly in 1995 a Blockbuster opened withen 5 minutes of the place and they closed summer of 1996.
My other store was Applause Video Superstore, this place was alot different it was huge and had just about every tape out there I remember the horror section being three long aisles it would seriously take me hours to think of what I wanted to rent they had everything tho. Driller Killer, Toolbox Murders, Lunchmeat, Hills have eyes, So much stuff all worth millions now im sure, they did cut there boxes but still they had some rare titles on Wizard, Paragon, Thriller, Astral, Ect, ect. They were later bought out by Rogers video who sold off all the VHS where i did score a couple of films, Nightriders comes to mind also stole ROTLD from Applause during the closing. Rogers only last a few years and they are gone now too, what a waste.
I loved these places and where a huge part of my child hood and are probably the reason I am the way I am. I collect VHS and love horror films. Id love for them to return but I dont see that happening....
Oh yeah Joey, I loved the old ma and pa video stores. I don't remember the name of it, but it was in this small plaza with a Highs at the time and a sub shop. A few other stores. But the video store was great. They had a Chucky doll at the counter and tons of great horror flicks.
I'd go in on a Friday night to get a few movies to watch over the weekend, and all these great box covers just jumped out at me. Seems like I always made my decision on what to rent by the cover of the box, lol, without bothering to read the back to see if I'd like it at all. Obviously this led to some bad movie time, but it was still great even when they were bad. Great memories of the movies I would get there and watch with my kids when I had them for a weekend. Just the ambiance and atmosphere of the store was enough to get the horror fan in me excited, loved that store.
Then, much like in your case, Blockbuster came and ended up putting them out of business. But I still have great memories of Friday and Saturday nights with my kids and the wife and I cuddled up in the living room, eating popcorn and watching the movies I got. Great times, and even today when a movie is only a mouse click away, I still miss those days.
I remember every Saturday going grocery shopping and then renting from this little store called Video World. They had a great selection of stuff and of course being young, I too rented anything that had a cool box cover. After unpacking groceries we microwaved the popcorn and sat there watching 2 or 3 movies until bed time.
Much like the rest of you, Blockbuster opened a few minutes away and eventually put them out of business. I still miss that place.