The death of the video rental store business is definitely old news, but it doesn’t make the sting for owners and patrons alike any less painful. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we must soon bid farewell to another bastion of Brooklyn’s shrinking video rental community.
Bedford + Bowery broke the news that after 12 years of business, Greenpoint’s Photoplay will close its doors for the last time at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night.
Unlike last week’s dumpster diving chaos following the Academy Records Annex closing, you won’t find the Photoplay collection in a trash can anytime soon. Instead, owner Michael Sayers is moving all merchandise to a storage facility, having the collection appraised throughout March and then we’re guessing he might sell it all.
“He just said it’s just not working anymore, I’m not making any money,” a store clerk told Bedford + Bowery.
With the departure of Photoplay, our last hope is Videology, which added a bar and a screening room just to stay afloat.
So, let this be a reminder that sometimes it pays to leave your apartment and your Netflix account behind to spend an afternoon supporting local businesses, okay? You’ll be sorely missed, Photoplay.
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