Today marks the anniversary of the opening of the first Blockbuster store in the country in 1985, in Dallas, Texas. Filled with childhood nostalgia, we couldn’t help but recall the days when a trip into the local video store to pick out a VHS tape was one of the more exciting moments of any given weekend. Now we are all used to resources like NetFlix, which come with instant gratification right from the comfort of our couches. This ease in movie viewing has left many neighborhood video rental stores with no choice but to close their doors. One such loss hit the East Village especially hard.
article wrote that “Over the years, Mr. Kim, now in his late 40’s, built a staff that traveled the world scouring for additional titles — the only way to find obscure films in the pre-Internet age. By 2008, the collection had swelled to 55,000 eclectic works, many impossible to find anywhere else.” Kim’s also had another location on West 1oth and Bleecker Streets.
took a trip to Selemi, Italy and learned that the movies are doing nothing more than sitting in boxes in a room unknown to most of the city’s inhabitants.