As Blockbuster heads for administration, the trip to the video shop looks set to become a historic ritual
Following on from the news that music chain HMV has gone into administration, it now appears that video rental company Blockbuster is going the same way. Analysts say the collapse of the company can partly be attributed to the rise of online film rental services provided by firms like iTunes and Netflix, making a physical rental service redundant.
The trip to your local video store used to be a treat, it was a place to pick up a film or a game, and some ludicrously overpriced popcorn to boot. Renting a film in seconds online is definitely easier, but perhaps doesn’t bring the same traditions. What was the first film you ever rented from a video shop? Tell us your film night routines – did your whole family squabble over what movie to rent? Did film nights always require pizza (or for the adults, lots of wine)? Who had the responsibility to drop back the videos, or incur a late fine? Did you ever lie about your age to get your hands on Chucky films? Come and share your memories of a ritual that the next generation won’t see.