Crowdfunding since 2010

We want to save the legendary "Film-Shop" in Kassel, Germany. This is where it all started - it's the first video rental shop of the world!

Being known as the world's oldest video rental shop, the 'Film-Shop Kassel' teeters on the brink of collapse. 43 years of lived film history are supposed to vanish.Not only an enormous stock of movies would be gone for good, also an established meeting place for film lovers from all over the world is on stake. We want to prevent this scenario. Our vision is to make the Film-Shop sustainable: by transforming this important place into an event location, a café, a museum and preserving it that way.
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8/3/17 - 9/14/17
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29,000 €
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"DVD is the new vinyl - Every remaining video store in NYC"

Christoph Langguth
Christoph Langguth3 min Lesezeit

If you love watching movies, you should hit up a video store in NYC, where a DVD is still a treasured object

Yes, there was a time not so long ago that you went to a video store to rent the best movies. In most places, this practice has become a lost art, buried by the relentless sands of time and old VCRs. But New York still maintains a tidy list of antique stores, er, video rental stores that keep this old-school practice alive. And that’s a good thing, if only for ensuring that our film horizons stay broader than the available movies on Netflix. You can finally find the director’s cut of the Gothic Spaghetti Western (Sella del Vampiro!) that you’ve wanted to see since forever.

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Every remaining video store in NYC

1. We Deliver Videos

Here’s how this snug Upper East Side shop works: First, buy a block of rentals in advance (minimum is 10). Then, at your leisure online, reserve whatever flicks you want to see, and they’re delivered to your door. If you’re looking to supplement that Netflix catalog with some solid choices, these guys can help.

2. Video Free Brooklyn

Movie guru Aaron Hillis and his wife, Jennifer Loeber, curate this Brooklyn boutique, which they furnish with the very best in film. For a regular dose of his tastemaker talk, check out Aaron’s popular podcast, DVD Is the New Vinyl.

3. Film Noir Video

Maybe you’re searching for an obscure cult classic or foreign film. Or perhaps you seek to satiate your appetite for a gritty noir. In either case, this shabby bohemian storefront should rank first on your list of where to look. Nix Netflix and chill—try a Fellini and Bellini instead.

4. VideoRoom

Since 1978, this spot has been catering to New Yorkers’ cinematic cravings. Nowadays, it stocks more than 17,000 titles (which is, in case you were wondering, more than triples the current selection on Netflix). Plus, for $3 a month, you can become a Gold Member—that means free delivery and pick up.

5. Videology Bar & Cinema

This indie micro-cinema in Williamsburg hosts small screenings accompanied by full-service food and drink. And the showings are often full-on shindigs—so you can get down doing things like Wes Anderson bingo while you watch. It also has a pretty massive (around 17,000) DVD collection you can (and should) rent from on the regular.

6. New York Public Library

While we’re on the subject of the lost art of renting movies, we’d be remiss not to mention the city’s public libraries, especially this one. It’s been amassing its film collection since 1953 and now has more than 5,000 VHS tapes and 1,200 DVDs. You may as well check it out—it’s free to rent one for a week—all you have to do is get your library card minted right quick and then watch all the Natalie Portman movies or Mark Wahlberg movies you want on videocassette.



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