Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Goodbye to the Blockbuster at Queen & Spadina
If you live and Toronto and don't recognize the above location, we don't live in the same Toronto. Okay, so the post title here is a bit of a giveaway, but this is the Blockbuster at Queen & Spadina and yesterday I heard some tweets and rumblings that it was closing it doors so I decided to head on by one last time.
I used to go to this location all the time, mainly when it was my local video (yes, video) store 10 years ago and several times since then when I lived in and around that particular neighbourhood. Just last night I watched a Gladiator which I had on VHS - one that was purchased from there back when buying "previously viewed" was still a novel idea. Now, that is almost the only time I go to the video store - to see what deals I can get and in general I'm way more likely to see films at festivals, in the theatre, from the library or from zip.ca so I feel a bit of a pang of sadness when I realize it's closing and I'm barely even their customer anymore.
But, times change and us with them. So, I salute the store for all the films it brought me over the years from Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion to The Professional. Today might be my last outing there and I left one happy camper after slapped down a neat $70 and walked away with 12 DVDs, many of which were already on my 'to buy but can't find' list, along with several guilty pleasures and a few wildcards.
So Long and Thanks for the Fish! Er... films.
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