Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cinema Revolution DVD Sale

After six years and five locations, Cinema Revolution closing its doors. For better or for worse, Netflix and Redbox has revolutionized the video rental business and is slowly taking down the mom and pop businesses one by one. Ours is the generation of video store nostalgia that will surely turn into folktales perpetuated by the legacies of Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. John Koch, owner or Cinema Revolution, has, for the past six years, tapped into quality not quantity, engagement not passivity in sustaining his business. This weekend marks the end of Cinema Revolution as a video rental business, but it also signifies the beginning of the Cinema Revolution Society, an organization led by John and a handful of energetic film fans (including yours truly.) The Society of Cinema Revolution will shift focus to film exhibition, programs and outreach with the mission of invigorating film culture in Minnesota. Working from programs established by Cinema Revolution (Revolution Reel, Dance Film Project, Cinema Salon), the Cinema Revolution Society hopes to be omnipresent in the Twin Cities film community.

Which brings me to the DVD liquidation sale. Hopes to continue the video rental business under the umbrella of the Cinema Revolution Society were brandished a dose of reality when it became clear that the short term financial burden might be too much for a long term advantage. This weekend we will be holding a liquidation sale of the entire inventory of foreign, independent, documentary, cult and classic movies on October 3rd and 4th, during the Sound Unseen festival. The sale will be held at 3260 Minnehaha Ave in Minneapolis (next to the Trylon microcinema) and will run from 9-6 on Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. There will be a $5 admission on Saturday only and Sunday is free, and all sales will be cash only. There will be lots of great deals on previously viewed movies, and also on TVs, DVD players, monitors, and other store fixtures. All the money from the sale will help the Cinema Revolution Society move forward and build a organization that will flourish.

Stop by and say hi and do a little shopping. I will be there early Saturday to shop and later Saturday to work.

Cinema Revolution DVD Liquidation Sale
Saturday, October 3, 9am-6pm and Sunday, October 4, noon-6pm.
3260 Minnehaha Ave (next to the Trylon)
$5 admission on Saturday only. Cash only on sales.

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