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The following appeared in the January 12 edition of the Ontarion. Thanks Dana.
Saying goodbye to a local staple
January 21 is set to be a bittersweet day for Guelph movie lovers. After 34 years in business, Thomas Video will be closing its doors.
The last of its kind in Guelph—and likely one of the last of its kind altogether—Thomas Video has been a mainstay in the local movie rental business. Starting out renting videodiscs in 1983, the little independent video store has survived many changes in the industry, including the rise and fall of bigger rental chains like Rogers and Blockbuster.
Hello all staff past and present,
As you may have heard, Thomas Video is closing January 21 after 34 years in business.
We’re having an all-day celebration on Saturday the 21st and would love to see you.
We’ll have live music all day with DJ Eccodek spinning tunes and dancing later in the evening.
Let’s close out Thomas Video with a bang.
We’re almost at the end of an era.
Thomas Video is closing forever January 21 and we need to sell-off all our inventory. DVDs, Blu-Ray, VHS tapes, CDs, PS2 and more all for sale.
We are planning a big final day celebration on January 21 to say thank you to our customers. We will have an open stage beside our #HappyMaking Street Piano all day and invite local musicians and friends to stop by and play their favourite songs.
We know that Councillor James Gordon and Jeremy Shute will be stopping by. Who else may show?
DJ Eccodek will stop by later to spin tunes for a dance at the end of our day. Should be fun.
Now to our top ten list this week:
1 JASON BOURNE 2 SUICIDE SQUAD 3 FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS 4 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC 5 SNOWDEN 6 MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) 7 OCCULT HISTORY OF THE THIRD REICH 8 MR CHRUCH 9 MR. NOBODY 10 MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO Hope to see you soon, The Thomas Staff 519-822-1451
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.
Happy Friday everyone!
It’s a very busy weekend here with a lot of new highly-anticipated titles for you to chose from. So let’s open doors 1 though 9 and show you what you can be getting…
Star Trek Beyond – The crew of the Starship Enterprise return in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise as Captain Kirk and crew must beat the odds on a strange new world and outwit the megalomania of the villainous Idris Elba. We’ve got this one on Blu-ray too.
Midnight Special – In year filled with movies about people with super-powers, leave it to Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) to turn the idea on its head with this loving tale about a father and son, and the government goons that are chasing them because of the son’s special gifts.
Bad Moms – Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell play overworked and under-appreciated moms that decide to not give a crap anymore. It was the sleeper comedy hit of the summer, and now you can enjoy it at home whether you’re a good mom or bad. (Or if your a dad, or childless. Whatever.)
Captain Fantastic – The always excellent Viggo Mortensen plays a dad that’s raised his kids off the grid, and away from modern distractions, but what is he, or they, to do when they’re finally forced to navigate the modern world? You should rent it and see.
Lights Out – Based on director David Sandberg’s own short film, this slick horror flick will definitely leave you thinking twice about turning the lights off at night. Who knows what be waiting there, but the DVD is waiting for you here.
The Daughter – This Australian adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play should appeal to those that like a good family drama. Paul Schneider plays a man returning home to a dying logging town where reunion turns to mystery and intrigue when a long buried secret suddenly sees the light of day again.
Milton’s Secret – A topical family drama about how young Milton learns to stop worrying and love life rather than worrying about his parents’ troubles and the local bully, and it’s all thanks to grandpa played by Donald Sutherland.
Microbe and Gasoline – Michael Gondry, the auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind, is back with what is sure to be the unusual tale of two French teens that take the car they built themselves on a cross-country trip. Whether you love him or are confounded by him, Gondry is always a solid choice.
The Quiet Man – The John Ford/John Wayne classic about a boxer that returns home to Ireland finds new life and new love has been digitally remastered for your viewing pleasure. Maureen O’Hara co-stars.
See you in the store!
The Thomas Staff