Old-Fashioned Video Store Brings New Life to Kamloops | iINFOnews



MovieMart in Kamloops changes ownership after almost forty years. It is now owned by the Kamloops Film Society.

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August 09, 2021 – 6:30 a.m.

The experience of renting a movie is something that most people of a certain age can relate to.

For many, it conjures up welcome memories of time spent browsing titles and holding videotapes in our hands while a loud TV played in the background. There were “please rewind” stickers on the bulky tapes and scratches on the discs. There were blockbusters, late fees, and gum machines.

While tapes, DVDs, and video stores faded to be replaced by YouTube and Netflix among many others, a small video store in Kamloops has managed to survive.

MovieMart was started by owner Denis Walsh in 1982. Over time Walsh has assembled a huge selection of films and after almost forty years his collection will pass into the hands of new owners.

The Kamloops Film Society has purchased the MovieMart video rental business and will continue to operate the operation out of the Paramount Theater, starting this fall, as announced in a company press release.

Directors of the company said they were truly honored to keep the film collection together and to continue to provide the Kamloops community with the ability to rent the latest movie releases and old favorites, including niche titles. which are not available on any streaming platform.

“It’s wonderful that (the company) keeps this unique and diverse video library intact, allowing Kamloops moviegoers to always have access to these great movies,” said Walsh, who is also a Kamloops city councilor.

Over the next few weeks, the company will bring the collection to the theaters, sort out logistics, organize fit-out, hire staff, and prepare for the video store to reopen in September.

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