Gabriel San Roman
Rent Flicks and Chill: Anaheim's Movie Town is OC's Last Great Video-Rental Store
Updated: Sep 1, 2020
You don't need a hot tub time machine or DeLorean to dial back the years; just step through the doors of Movie Town in Anaheim. Customers roam the aisles on a Saturday night in search of their weekend entertainment while the Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" plays overhead. Kit Kat chocolate bars, Sour Punch candy and Popz microwave popcorn await at the checkout counter. It's as if you've been transported to a time before Netflix, but wait—the posters framed by neon lights on the store's front windows are for newer releases: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and The Hateful Eight. A cardboard cutout of the Minions greets people making their way through the shelves, on which there's only a handful of copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens left. It's still 2016 after all. There's a handful of hole-in-the-wall businesses like it, but Movie Town, which opened in 1993 and continues to stock a selection that would rival Blockbuster's in its heyday, is the last of the great video-rental stores in OC.
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