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Videodrome in Atlanta is one of the last video rental stores

Videodrome in Atlanta is one of the last video rental stores still open in Georgia.

Videodrome in Atlanta is one of the last video rental stores still open in Georgia.

More than thirty years after their release, people still watch films like “Top Gun” and “ET the Extra-Terrestrial.” But there is a way to make the experience even more nostalgic.

Atlanta has one of the last open video rental stores: Videodrome. Named after David Cronenberg’s 1983 film, this cinephile spot offers tens of thousands of titles to choose from. A rental fee is just $5, which will let you watch a movie for a week, unless it’s a new release, which is available for three days.

The company was opened in 1998 by Matt Booth, who worked at video stores on and off throughout his life. But when it came to movies, his tastes were more niche and international, and less big summer blockbusters.

“I wanted to do something less corporate,” he said. “I had the things I liked and I had a partner at the time, Jeff Sutton, who liked the things he liked. We thought those things were underrepresented at video stores, so we opened one with the things we like it.”

While this helped set Videodrome apart from the competition, it ultimately wouldn’t be necessary. At one point, America had tens of thousands of video rental stores, but they couldn’t compete with on-demand and streaming services. According to USA Today, 86% of them had closed by the end of 2017 and the numbers have only continued to shrink since then.

Videodrome adapted by expanding their options but staying true to their original customer base. So now you can rent episodes of the Fast and Furious and Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also bringing your friends who love anime, independent films and Italian horror.

Matt Booth poses for a portrait at his business, Videodrome in Atlanta.  It is one of the last video rental stores still open in Georgia.Matt Booth poses for a portrait at his business, Videodrome in Atlanta.  It is one of the last video rental stores still open in Georgia.

Matt Booth poses for a portrait at his business, Videodrome in Atlanta. It is one of the last video rental stores still open in Georgia.

They’re also having fun with their staff-picked spotlight collections, including themes like the year’s best releases for New Year’s and ‘Party with Pre-Code’, which highlights films made before the Hays Code, which covered films between 1934 and 1968 heavily censored. Plus Videodrome hosts special film screenings at the Plaza and Tara in Atlanta.

“I’m fortunate that I get to do what I want to do in life,” Booth said.

Videodrome is located at 617 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. It is open every day from 12:00 to 22:00. For more information, visit videodromeatl.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on new additions and events.

This article originally appeared in the Augusta Chronicle: Videodrome in Atlanta is one of the last open video rental stores in Georgia