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Kenny Sharpe's In: Did the internet help kill this St. John's video store?

In the middle of one of the busiest and most confusing intersections in St. John's, the remnants of one of Newfoundland and Labrador's last movie rental stores are being carted off to the dump.

Kenny Sharpe has one last look before 900 VHS and DVDs get scrapped

Kenny Sharpe came across the Capitol Video Inc. renovations earlier this summer. 

In the middle of one the busiest and most confusing intersections in St. John's, the remnants of one of Newfoundland and Labrador's last movie rental stores are being carted off to the dump.

Capitol Video Inc., on Military Road in the middle of an intersection known as Rawlins Cross, hasn't been open for business in years.

And renovations are underway to turn the space and its neighbouring building into a more attractive 'For Sale' property that will ultimately be sold to a future owner.

Kenny Sharpe`s In: Inside Capitol Video

7 years ago
Duration 1:31
The final end of one of the last video stores on St. John`s

In order for that to happen, the 800 or 900 old VHS and DVDs that were once for rent from this location are being "checked out" one last time. They're being thrown into a dumpster at the back of the shop, the last real play any of these movies will get before being carted to the dump.

Titles like Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal, Lizzie McGuire starring Hillary Duff, and Monster's Ball featuring Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, all damp and mouldy from sitting on the shelves, unrented for far too long and now on their way to Robin Hood Bay.

Kenny Sharpe's In: Final end for movies

7 years ago
Duration 0:25
Movies from an old video store get thrown out

In 1978 the Buggles wrote the famous lyrics, 'and now we meet in an abandoned studio … we can't rewind we've gone too far … put down the blame on the VCR … video killed the radio star.'

If they could be rewritten in 2015 maybe they would reference how the internet helped to kill this St. John's video store.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kenny Sharpe

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Kenny Sharpe is currently reporting in Europe as part of the 2022 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship for Foreign Correspondents. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, he reports on daily news with a focus on the environment, mental health and politics.

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