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Nostalgic Man Builds His Own Video Rental Store In His Basement

He designed his entire basement around an older Blockbuster store, straight out of the 1990s.

When we want to watch a movie, we sit on our sofa, pay a dollar or two, and start watching it over a streaming service. There are times when we may even just watch one of the free movies available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t those who have a streak of nostalgia and they miss driving down to the local Blockbuster and renting a movie. I have to admit, there was something special about those days and I can remember bringing home a stack of VHS tapes to watch over the weekend with my family.

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For one man, however, the nostalgia was too much and when coupled with the coronavirus pandemic, he decided to take matters into his own hands. His wife explained that he built a video rental store in their basement during quarantine. She then posted a video on TikTok and hundreds of thousands of people liked it!

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He designed the basement around an older Blockbuster store, straight out of the 1990s. It seems as if there was a local video store in the area that closed when the pandemic was at its height and they gave away their shelves. Although the store was gone, it continued to live on in his basement.

Photo: TikTok/thevideobunker

As the woman walks through the makeshift Blockbuster store, she says: “The start of quarantine last year coincided with the closure of our local Family Video, which gave my husband access to a lot of shelving and a crazy idea. He decided he needed a project at the house to keep himself busy.”

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In the main portion of the store, he has all of their DVDs and Blu-rays, along with some movie snacks, a cash register, and a refrigerator for beverages. He also is somewhat of a movie aficionado, so there are plenty of knickknacks sitting around.

There is also a viewing room that includes wall-to-wall shelving, two recliners, and some of his favorite VHS tapes. He also enjoys playing some old video games, and they are available in that room.

So, if you are looking for a quarantine project, you may just want to bring back the Blockbuster in your own home.