We can’t pretend this is much of a surprise, but the news nevertheless stings: Video Americain’s Roland Park location — its last — will close. Unless they can come up with $70,000 to $90,000 to preserve the 35,000-title movie library under new stewardship, they will begin selling off their inventory piece by piece in October.
Now, you’re probably asking, “Does this mean my children and/or grandchildren grow up with no fond memories of going to the video store?” Maybe not. There is a group in Baltimore whose goal is to set up a sustainable, not-for-profit, art-housey, brick-and-mortar video rental library in the city.
The Baltimore Video Collective was founded after the closing of Video Americain’s Charles Village location last year. And have been spending their time building their video library “to a tipping point where it can generate sustainable income as a collectively run video store.”
It’s an ambitious project, but it’s being attempted by a group of cinephiles with experience in the video rental business. Among them is Eric Hatch director of programming for the Maryland Film Festival and former manager of VA’s Charles Village store.
So if you’re looking to hold out hope. That’s where you can hold it.
To learn about fundraising efforts to save the Video Americain collection, stay tuned to VA’s Tumblr.
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