Having worked at a video store myself in my teen years, I miss the dynamic of browsing new titles, personalized recommendations, and camaraderie with fellow film fans.
As per this article, at the video industry's height in 1986, there were around 19,000 video stores in the country. Now they're an endangered species.
So I was excited to hear about this non-profit collective run video-lending library model, Beyond Video, open now in Baltimore- where directors and production companies have donated their own work to help create a comprehensive collection. “The eight of us are collective members. We are unpaid. Our volunteers are volunteer members — unpaid,” Tropea said. “Our patrons are Beyond Video members, part of a community that we are stewarding and fostering.”
If I lived any closer, I'd be a member :)