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Thursday
Mar222012

Reel Life South to Close Next Thursday

One of the neighborhood's last video stores, Reel Life South (on Eighth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets), will be shutting down for good next Thursday, March 29th. There's a fire sale on until then, as they try to sell off as much merchandise as possible.

Earlier this week, this message appeared on the store's Facebook page:

"Dear valued friends and customers: it is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we'll be closing the doors once and for all at the end of the month. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the years of support. It has been our honor to have been your video store."

This was actually the second outpost of Reel Life (hence the "South"), and the original, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, closed recently.

Now there are only two video stores left in the neighborhood: Get Reel, on Fifth and St. Marks, and The Video Gallery, on Seventh Avenue between Eighth and Ninth.

Reader Comments (4)

Not shocking at all that they are closing, I'm shocked that the video store on 7th Avenue near 9th Street is still open and seems to do business!

March 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I'm always mystified that anyone uses video stores anymore. It's like a weird window into another time.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I was in there yesterday renting a copy of Mallrats and the person behind the counter claimed the next occupant was going to be a 24 hour car service.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

Why wouldn't someone use a video store, anon? The Netflix model doesn't necessarily work for everyone, you can stream every film out there, people have esoteric tastes, and people often want to do things like cram an entire season's of a show into a weekend.

I love Get Reel and hope it sticks around forever.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

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