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.