Collective Wants to Return the Video Store to Baltimore

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While the couch can be a great place to go, there’s no denying that the age of Netflix/Amazon/Hulu removes something from the experience of watching movies at home. The act of browsing at the video store required careful selection, and the independent operations were often full-blown community meeting spots in their own right. The Baltimore Video Collective is looking to bring such a store back in Baltimore.

The seven-member group is looking to open a Remington store called Beyond Video.

“We strongly believe that video stores can withstand the challenges of the digital age, like record shops and bookstores before them—but with a new and revised business plan,” they write.

The store will be membership-based like the video stores of yore, but they are running as a nonprofit collective

According to their Kickstarter page, they already have a collection of 5,000 DVDs. They’re raising money to double that number, and even acquire some rare VHS. The building that would house the store also needs work.

Tonight, the group is holding a benefit to support the Kickstarter at New America. They’ll of course have movies, as well as DJs and drinks.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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