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The day the video store died

Original post made on Jun 17, 2013

Nostalgia lines the shelves in Videoscope, Mountain View's last video rental store. Videoscope, located at 2290 W. El Camino Real, is the latest victim, following in the footsteps of video rental franchises Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Owners owners Nona and Odon Sy are set to shut down operations at the end of this month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:27 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Mauricio Z, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

What's a Dee va dee?

Posted by Bertrand Bertrand, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

This was the only store where I could rent "The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio". Absolute truth. I will miss it.

Posted by @Mauricio Z, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Careful...your racism is showing

Posted by Bruce England, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I've been going to Videoscope since I got my first VCR and when they were on Alma in Palo Alto. What a ride, and I've enjoyed every bit of it. I wish all involved the best of luck in their new ventures. One for the history books!

Posted by kteleki, a resident of Castro City
on Jun 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Nice article Elize. I have been going there for years. This town is changing fast and Odon and Nona are living legends...I talked to them too... check out weirdmountainview dot com.

Posted by Radio Star, a resident of Slater
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

I miss the days of going to the video store. This was before B-Buster was around. Dealing w/ local shop owners who have a stake in the business, not just a checkout clerk. It was always nice to get the latest hot release and then stop to get some Chinese take out with my girlfriend(now wife)on the way home...Nostalgia now in the days of Netflix

Posted by Monkey Pants, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

@Radio Starr: It's not nice to call your wife a B-Buster. I'm sure she's a very nice woman when she's had a decent lunch.

Posted by TroyBarnes, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

I like the sound of that -- *Laser Disc*

Posted by starguy, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Back when I rented videos, I would usually go to the Blockbuster on Grant Road.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Posted by Ziggy, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I guess I'll cruise by this weekend to check out the sale. Good luck to the couple.

Posted by tommygee54, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The first time I ever rented a VCR movie was in 1981, in a now defunct video store in Sunnyvale. There were not many movies out on VCR tape back then, but rent movies from them I did. However after 5 years I stopped and never went back to that rental shop. That location is now where Armadillo Willy's is at 161 E. El Camino Real at Cezanne Dr. A Payless Shoe Source is located in the low rise building as well. My memory is hazy about it but I think that video rental shop closed up around 1993 or so.

It is weird but many times I drive by this area, I think of my many conversations with the business owner of the VCR tape rental shop. Such nostalgia of a time gone by.

Posted by TimePassages, a resident of Gemello
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:09 am


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