Cinephiles, get out your black armbands. Curry Home Video, one of the oldest video clubs in the country and one of the last independent renters in Baristaville, closes its doors for good on December 31. Joe Curry, who started the store on Broad St. in the late ’70s, at the very beginning of the video craze, is selling off the stock.
This is your last chance to snap up your favorite movies ($8.95 for a tape, $12 for a DVD) before everybody finds out. The Going Out of Business sign goes up on the store tomorrow.
Reason for the store closing: Curry says the rent is going way up. Curry had a TV repair business in the late √¢‚Ç¨Àú70s when he took a flier on video rentals, even before it was clear the practice was going to be legal.
Since then, he√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s built a reputation as the guy to go when you wanted to see “Sunset Boulevard” √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú or at least not have the video clerk look at you like you were asking directions. (We bought “Sunset,” as well as “Manhattan” and “Sweet Smell of Success.” While we were there, someone called to buy up the whole stock of Abbott and Costello.) The store was also famous for having chess boards and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading parties.
Curry says the rise of the chain stores never bothered him. “We kill the chains. We always killed the chains. Besides, Blockbuster√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s a billion dollars in debt.√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ And while he√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s enjoyed his corner of show business, he said he won’t miss it. “I always hated working Sunday. I√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢d rather go to church and watch football.√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢