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The day the video store died

Mountain View says goodbye to Videoscope, city's last video rental shop

by Elize Manoukian

Nostalgia lines the shelves in Videoscope, Mountain View's last video rental store. The sentiment overwhelms upon entering the storeroom, where navigating the clutter of racks and boxes that swell with films of every era and genre seems impossible without a map — or your neighborhood video clerk.

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Should ask Nona for stories about Barry Bonds, who used to visit the store when it was at the corner of El Camino and San Antonio.

Haven't been to the store in ages, but used to love going there every week.

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Posted by resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

I remember seeing Steve Young renting laser discs the night before football games back in the 1980s, when the store was on Alma Street in Palo Alto. He said that war movies inspired him.

I'm surprised the business lasted so long. Really hard to make a profit with competition from Netflix and the soaring rents around here.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hated Blockbuster, didn't ever set foot in a Hollywood Video, as for Netflix don't really bother. Love finding movies that are forgotten, weird or just different. Will miss places like the old neighborhood video store, something about finding a 70's cheseey film.

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Posted by k teleki
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:58 am

Videoscope will always be with us. Nona and Odon (and Erica) have so many scintillating stories to tell and they OUTLASTED Hollywood and Video Library (wait, what was that other place called?)

What’s the longest overdue rental in the history of Videoscope? Check out my blog at Web Link to find out.

Peace, love and Videoscope.