It is with great sadness we announce that after almost 34 years in beautiful Downtown Guelph, Thomas Video will be closing it’s doors January 21, 2017.
We opened in March of 1983 on MacDonnell St. with 250 video disc movies and 20 players to rent.
We didn’t have membership fees, which was a first for Guelph. We were open on Sundays and stayed open till 9pm every evening. Very different model for business at that time which was normally 9-5 and closed Sundays.
In the late eighties we introduced compact disc rentals. Long before Napster, iTunes and Radio Paradise, customers had access to over 15,000 CDs.
In 1995 we moved to Wyndham St where we welcomed artists in our gallery, sold the famous Blackbird Baked Goods and taught night classes on film.
In 2000, we moved to our present location on Baker St. where we continued our focus on foreign, classics, documentaries, local film makers and great Hollywood movies.
Thomas Video’s final day of business operation will be January 21, 2017.
We welcome you to come visit us over the next couple of months and share your memories of renting movies from a store.
We would like to sincerely thank all our friends and customers. It’s been our honour to serve you. You’ve helped us to bring in the best in world cinema. Most of our collection was driven by customer requests. We brought in the movies you wanted to see.
It has been our privilege to be part of your community. We’re going to miss you.
Cheers and thanks for all the love.
The Thomas Staff,
+ the 100’s of former staff.
Thomas Video by the numbers:
Year in business: 33
Movies: At peak 28,000 (Netflix offers roughly 3,600 titles)
Memberships: Over 35,000 (Netflix has more than 5.2 million)
Evictions: 2 (2000 not a good year for Thomas:)
Media formats: 15
Social media platforms: 4 (What was that in 1983!?)
Age of owner in 1983: 18
PS Yes we will still be a partner with the #HappyMaking Street Pianos every September.
PSS Call the shop at 519-822-1451 or ian 519-242-5728 for more information.