Monday, March 29, 2010

Another one bites the dust

Years ago we had a local movie rental place that lasted maybe 2 years and then closed shop and that was it.

Then 5+ years (not sure on the exact time frame)ago Movie Gallery moved into our small local area. Perfect. You could go in, sign up (just by showing an id) and you could rent movies, games, equipment, etc. When hubby and I first started "dating" this was our date night. I would rent a couple of movies and we would proceed to fall asleep in front of the tv.

There were always good selections of the new releases and they were reasonably priced. Plus, there was a good children's section as well as classic movies.

We continued to use our membership as money became tight because we could get a movie, some snacks and have a fun night curled up on the couch watching a movie.

Now, it is closing. Another victim of the financial instability that our state is in, and probably those renting movies by mail memberships.

Of couse, there is another "big chain" movie place about 10 miles from here but to sign up for a membership, they want electric bills, telephone bills, driver's license, ss# and credit card number. Someone had sent me a gift card to the place a few years ago and I went in to check it out and to see about a membership. I didn't get it and I still actually have the gift card.

I know that it isn't just movie rental places. Every place you go there are empty store fronts and going out of business sales. Its sad to see.

I truly hope our state and country economy can turn around.


The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Ken, you simply must try Netflix. I am sure it is

It is cheap and you get 3 movies at a time and they mail them to you super fast - HUGE selection!!!

Plus if you like classic movies - they have them all.

And I do not work for them - I just love it and hated Blockbuster.

Karen said...

Okay, who is Ken, lol. I've been looking into Netflix, might have to check it out.

Katie said...

Karen--Do you have a Red Box in your town? You can rent movies there for $1---ONE DOLLAR! My husband and I use it all the time. The other neat thing is you don't have to return your video back to the kiosk you rented it from, you can turn it back in at any Red Box in town. We have been very happy with them, and it feels pretty cool to rent a movie for only one dollar!

Karen said...

Thanks for the tip Katie. There are actually a couple of places around (in convenient stores) but not sure if they are RedBox or not. I always wondered how they worked. What would stop someone from keeping the DVD that they just got for $1? I'll have to check it out.