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But we've still got Scarecrow Video, thank god. There are also two Video Isle stores (in Fremont and Queen Anne), the terrific Reckless Video on north Roosevelt remains, and Rain City Video still has a store located in Ballard. If you're sick of the shitty selection offered by Netflix and Redbox and you'd like to support independent video stores in Seattle, with their personalized service and broad film selection, rent your movies from these stores!!
I miss you guys! thanks for everything :)
Yeah, those liberal bastards who take serious that silly idea that employees should be able to eat and have a roof over their head.
And I'm sure the capitalists at Redbox and Netflix are liberals -- not.
I'm too poor to have the internet or cable, but I can always find some cash for credits at Rain City Video.
Example of what redbox can never provide:
I walked into Rain City last week, trying to remember the title of a Russian Christmas movie that was half horror, half comedy.
The guy behind the counter did not have time to even bat an eyelash before answering that I was looking for Rare Exports (Finnish, not Russian) and pulled it from a shelf. Who knows that stuff?!
Movie store people and their encyclopedic film knowledge are national treasures.
We're still pissed/sad that it's gone.
RIP, 15th Ave Video.. :'>(
and I hope the employees get their final checks.
Here in uber-liberal Portland, Maine we have the indie institution that is wonderful, glorious Videoport, which has been around I believe 30 years. It takes up 1/3 of the basement of one of our many beautiful old downtown brick buildings (sharing it with an indie record/CD store and a family owned Italian restaurant featuring opera singing - not kidding.) It's one of things where the cliché is true: being there is half the fun. The place is jam packed with dozens of little old quirky newspaper and magazine clippings and such on the walls, old movie posters, funny shit hanging from the ceiling like Star Trek dolls and old VHS exploitation films. For some reason, unlike most businesses, it's super dog-friendly - there are always customers with their sweet, docile St Bernard-size pets. It's open late (for a retail business in tiny Portland): 11pm. And every night of the week they offer a free rental from a certain section when you rent a film. (For example, 'Middle Aisle Mondays' - free film from Science Fiction, Horror, Incredibly Strange, Popular Music, Mystery/Thriller, Animation, or Staff Picks.)
Their foreign, tv, and music sections are truly massive - much larger/more comprehensive than sections I've seen in stores in big cities like Boston and Toronto - and that "incredibly strange" section is a fucking blast. The staff is crazy knowledgeable and it's just such a huge asset to the city.
It would be an irreplaceable loss to Portland if it left us.
The loss of On15thVideo still shakes me. My heart goes out to the employees who lost money. Their passion and knowledge of film was impeccable. They acted as librarians, caretakers, and educators of that great American art form.
May the ghost of On15thVideo continue to haunt us....