While movie theaters in some markets are making plans to cautiously re-open with restrictions in place, TikTok user thevideobunker is single-handedly trying to revive video stores–kind of. “During quarantine, my husband built a video rental store in our basement,” the account holder explains in a first-person guided tour of a surprisingly authentic and spacious setup that, indeed, .
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 10, 2021
After the local Family Video store closed in 2020, thevideobunker explains, it gave her husband access to “a lot of shelving” and both the idea and inclination to focus on this “instead of refinishing our kitchen cabinets.” But this isn’t just some dingy basement with a few shelves–it’s a legitimate full-fledged facsimile of a video store, complete with an entrance through a front door on a brick wall and neon sign in the window.
Inside, the space is full of DVDs and Blu-rays, a cash register, drink fridge, snacks, and memorabilia from assorted films. There’s even an additional viewing room off to the side complete with two recliners, wall-to-wall VHS tapes, a LaserDisc player, and retro video games. The account, which launched recently, only has two videos so far–after the initial tour, another video was uploaded answering one viewer’s question: Thevideobunker’s husband replies: “It’s up here, behind the counter, so you’ll have to blush when you ask for titles.”
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