Movies Plus in Junee has been open for 39 years and has outlived all major chain stores | The Daily Advertiser


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In a small store, on a quiet street in a small town in Riverina, there is a place where you can step back in time for a while. There are no signs on the front, the only clue to what’s inside is a large poster of Daniel Craig in the window, armed and in a tuxedo, promoting the latest Bond movie. Movies Plus in Junee is one of Australia’s few remaining video stores, and quite possibly the last to remain in the Riverina. It has been renting videos and DVDs since Graham and Susan Leal opened in 1983 and it has withstood recession, illegal downloading, streaming and now a pandemic. Marney Wishart, 47, now runs the store and she was nine when her mum and dad opened, which she remembers as a big “bet” on new technology. They were the first video store in town and have been the only ones since. In Other News: The shop is a monument of childhood. Posters, chocolates, and fries line the neon-pink walls uncovered with stacks of DVDs, and there’s a slightly weathered but fully functional Slush Puppie machine behind the counter. For some people in town it offers a way to watch movies in an area with no cinema and less than ideal internet speeds, but for others it’s like a museum, a place to take the kids to show them what used to be. “A lot of old people aren’t interested, they just haven’t been on Netflix. We have people religiously coming to $2 on Tuesdays because you’re not going to get less than $2 for a movie,” Ms. Wishart. . “Some families with toddlers, it’s like taking them to the library, but it’s a video library…they can have a muddy pup, it’s an outing. Because it’s all streaming now, eh well, having a video is a treat, because it’s different.” The store now does only about 10% of the rentals it did in the boom days of the 80s and 90s, and it is largely supported by the cigarette store the family owns next door. But he survived all the shackles in the world and still does work for Junee and the surrounding villages. It’s breaking even, Ms. Wishart said, and as long as it does, she’ll keep it open. “We provide service…our loyal customers are happy that we’re here. It may seem strange to people who don’t have video libraries anymore, but we’re still sticking around,” she said. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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