Minnesota man opens free movie sharing and lending box


Travis Stone launched a free Blockbuster in Robbinsdale on Monday allowing movie buffs like him to share their favorite media with the community.

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — You’ve probably heard of small free libraries, but now, thanks to Travis Stone, there’s another way for Minnesotans to share and give away media for free.

New Robbinsdale Free Blockbusterlocated across from Fly Vintage & Vinyl, allows residents to pick up any movie or TV show on DVD or Blu-ray, and return it when they’re done watching.

“I love movies, and I always have, and I love the idea of ​​sharing them with people,” Stone said.

Stone’s Free Blockbuster opened on Monday and claims it has already “gotten a ridiculous amount of traffic” to its Facebook page.

Stone told KARE 11’s Connor O’Neal that he hopes people will come and use his box because “not everyone can afford to have Netflix and Disney+ and Hulu and Apple TV,” and he offers the opportunity to “sit on the sofa with your family and watch a good movie.

Its box opened to the public three days ago, but Stone said he wanted to open it on Tuesday, just like when old Blockbuster stores released new movies. Stone admitted that he opened his project a day early because he was too eager to get started.

Stone currently has a collection of over 600 films and has put some of his dubs like “Spaceballs” and “The Godfather” in the box.

The Free Blockbuster Robbinsdale Facebook page says the movies will be “in and out to keep it fresh”. When asked if Stone used new media often, he said he would wait to see how popular it would become, but mentioned “the first Tuesday of every month” as a possibility.

But when something is free, the threat of having something stolen is possible. Stone said you can’t live life down to the “lowest common denominator,” and something like that isn’t in his control.

What he can control is what’s inside the box. Stone mentioned that people can contribute their own media to his movie box whenever they want, or can message Stone on Facebook.

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