It is no secret that the greatest movie rental business in the world has had to shutter its’ doors. A few years ago, I wrote of my love of Video Americain and the dying of the movie rental business. It was inevitable. Me, you and everyone else had a role in its’ demise. Ain’t technology a bitch?
Anyway, I was able to stop by and buy some films from the Cold Spring Lane store. That was fun, because it was just like it always; a beehive of movie mega-geekdom! I was able to pick up two of my FAV-O-RITES! The Criterion Collection edition of James Whale’s classic ‘Frankenstein’. It also includes the amazing and campy, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, and of course a whole bunch of egghead commentary.
Anyway, here’s the money shot. The thing that really inspired this blog. My Video Americain Membership card.
It’s been in my wallet forever..and I’ve changed wallets 3 times! I should take it out and secret it away as a keepsake of a time when it was a pleasure to rent movies and not something done from a box outside of Royal Farms or downloaded or netflixed or whatever. Farewell My Concubine…I mean, goodbye Video Americain. You are already, sorely missed.