An astounding discovery


An establishment from a time now forgotten.
A time when Friday and Saturday nights meant a visit to one of these ancient crypts.
A time when only a few channels occupied the TV and only the ‘rich’ had satellite TV.
A time when seeing a movie either meant a trip to the cinema or to one of these crumbling wrecks.
A time when parents would use these establishments as an excuse for some free time, they had enough miles of tape to keep children browsing for several hours.

Visiting video rental stores was part of childhood. It was exciting and the next best thing to visiting the cinema.

Back then, you would never have believed that eventually, these establishments would wither away and succumb to video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime & Blinkbox. I mean, when I was a kid, the people who invented those very things, most certainly were just kids, like me, enjoying and experiencing video rental. Who the hell was Amazon anyway? Come to think of it, what on earth was the internet?

As I wait for my first child to join us in this world, in 3 months to be precise, I often feel sad that he’ll never feel that buzz and excitement of walking into a video store with his dad and choosing a movie for the night.

Instead, sitting in his room and searching Netflix on his iPhone, will just have to do. At least I can sit next to him, while he looks.

9 thoughts on “An astounding discovery

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Nostalgia – Blockbuster was indeed a great place to browse and not only rent DVD’s and videos but buy used copies of old favourites. I used to rent several a week for my mother since she would doze off about 10 minutes in and then wake up about 10 minutes from the end. This meant with careful management by the end of the week she just about saw the whole movie. It was easier than her watching one on television which once missed was gone for a year or so.. Anyway even with her watching habits we gave up Blockbuster when they put 30 minutes of trailer at the front end that you could not fast forward through… so demise it has been but unfortunately they did have a hand in it… We then reverted to renting online and it worked very well – with three a week for a set amount and keep as long as you like. Great post – and brought back memories…


  2. I just realized…. you’re right ! It was a treat for me to go with my mother and check out the dvds’ . My mother also misses the used dvds. $5 each, 5 for $20…. 😦


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