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Get Reel Video To Close by March 1

Get Reel Video, which has been on the corner of Fifth Avenue and St. Marks Place since 2005, will be closing by the end of the month. A For Rent sign appeared in the front window last week, and then a few days ago the below sign joined it, confirming that the store will indeed be closing. An employee told me that while the closure could come as soon as this weekend, they need to be out of the space by March 1.

Owned by Christine Kim, the store was best known for its wide selection of independent films, knowledgeable staff, and quirky categorization system (Directors, Criterion, and "Movies You Probably Don't Know" were a few). The staff also gave the selection a personalized touch, dotting the stacks with notecards pointing out little-known gems.

"Becoming a member here is more than just joining a video store," Kim told me when I spoke to her back in 2011. "It's like joining a community film club. People come here to hang out, meet, and chat about film. Sometimes I come in and see people sitting on the floor! If we had more space we'd have a coffee shop in here too."

And while she knew that Netflix was certainly cutting into her customer base, there was one reason why it had such a devoted following. "When I ask people why they shop here, they tell me that it's because of the experience," she said. "It's like going to the bookstore. You can browse, read reviews, chat, and get recommendations. Everyone says to increase prices, but I never will. I just want people to see movies."

With this closure, that means that there is only one remaining video store in Park Slope: Video Gallery, on Seventh Avenue.

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I actually lived a block away from them and was shocked that they opened in the first place.

This was after that Popular Rent-a-video joint closed. (The one that was located near Union on 7th Ave which is now/was Kaplan Tutoring next to Brown Harris Stevens Realty - I forget their name)

That and Blockebuster video (who remembers that?!) were closing left and right due to downloadable material.

Their business model was doomed from the start, which surprises me they lasted this long.

Guess it was time to "Get Real" reality check that the "internets" (Bushism) are a force to be reckoned with.

Hope they come up with something decent for that space....

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin'

I liked this place a lot. Definitely doomed, but they had a good run-- at least from a customer perspective.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpresident resident

Sad you guys are closing and wish you guys luck in the future. But Im confused, Royal Video is still opening just a few blocks down. Or is that not considered Park Slope?

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJus Downtheblock


February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermlev80

Somehow this placed managed to charge me 20 bucks on the 4th of March when it supposedly stopped all business on the 1st. I'd love to find out how that might have happened.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhmmpf.

Get Reel had to get real and get out. Can't compete with Redbox and Netflix these days. They had some nice signage though.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Anderson

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