Alamo Drafthouse’s New Video Store Will Feature DVDs, VHS Tapes, and '90s Nostalgia


Sure, watching all three hours and 15 minutes of Titanic without getting up to switch tapes halfway through is convenient. But even in the age of streaming, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the bulky, temperamental VHS tapes you grew up with. Alamo Drafthouse feels your pain, and they're responding with a new brick-and-mortar store where you can rent movies on VHS likes it's 1999.

As Variety reports, Video Vortex will be part of the theater chain’s upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 30,000 short films, features, and TV series on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray in its inventory, the store is set to be one of the biggest video archives in existence. In addition to the classics, it will also feature rare VHS titles that were never made available on digital platforms.

Video Vortex will work just like the video rental stores you remember: After browsing the tapes you can pick out the movies you want to watch, rent them, then return them to the store after a certain number of days. Customers checking out DVDs and Blu-Rays will also have the option to return them by mail à la the early days of Netflix/the final days of Blockbuster. And because VHS technology isn’t as common as it was when video rental stores last dominated strip malls, Alamo is making another item available to rent: functioning VCRs, complete with RCA adapters.

Fans of all things retro will be have the opportunity to rent from Video Vortex when it opens early next year. Just don’t forget to be kind and rewind if you’ve fallen out of the habit.

[h/t Variety]

Harry Potter Cast Remembers the Late Alan Rickman

© 2009 - Warner Bros.
© 2009 - Warner Bros.

The world lost some of its most iconic celebrities in 2016, including ​Carrie Fisher and David Bowie. For ​Harry Potterfans, the January 14, 2016 death of ​Alan Rickman hit hard. Unsurprisingly, his castmates were also deeply impacted by the actor's death and have spoken out several times over the years about the magic he brought to the set.

"Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with," ​Daniel Radcliffe wrote about Rickman a couple months after his death. "He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry."

Over two years later, the cast of Harry Potter is ​remembering Rickman to Entertainment Weekly.

Both ​Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, and director Chris Columbus remember Rickman for being stoic on the outside, but very sweet on the inside.

"You’re thinking, it’s the guy from Die Hard and going, 'Oh my god.' If he’s in a serious mood, he’s intimidating as hell. But suddenly I had dinner with him ... and when he smiled, he just became the warmest, nicest human being in the world," Columbus said.

"Alan Rickman, pretty much every day of filming, he had a whole troop of little children [visiting]," Lynch remembered. "It was the most bizarre scene to see Snape in this black robe ... surrounded by all these happy little children who were just chatting away to him.”

Oliver Phelps and Warwick Davis recalled Rickman's affinity for iPods.

“I remember once he’d come back from an awards show ... and in the gift box was an iPod, when they’d first come about," Phelps said. "I remember being next to him ... and I ended up showing Alan how to work an iPod, which was not what I thought I’d ever do in my life. He was a very approachable guy once you saw past Snape’s wig."

"I started to wonder, what does Alan Rickman as Professor Snape listen to on his iPod?" Davis stated. "An audiobook? Some Shakespeare? Some classical music? Some techno beats? I don’t know. I never did ask
him, and I wish I had. I’d love to have known.”

​​Rickman's final role was in Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Game of Thrones Star Sean Bean Talks Reprising Ned Stark Role for Prequel Series

Nick Briggs, HBO
Nick Briggs, HBO

Former ​​Game of Thrones star Sean Bean had a brief run on the show before his character, Ned Stark, literally lost his head.

During a recent interview with ​The Hollywood Reporter, Bean shared his take on whether he'd be willing to reprise his role for the Game of Thrones prequel series. Since next year's eighth season will also be the ​series' final season, fans are eager to get their fix through the prequel series, which is set to start filming next year.

When Bean was asked if he'd consider being a part of the prequel, he said, "I don't know how we can be ... I don't know how anyone can be, since they're going backwards, I'd be younger. Now, we all look a little bit older."

Before you get your hopes up and put all of your faith in the magic of digital editing, which could potentially make Bean appear younger, the actor appears to have doubts about reprising his role in general. He shared:

"I'm always a bit reluctant to go back to shows under a different format or guise ... But you never know with something like this, it just depends on the time frames ... I think if the quality was maintained. You know, the kind of thought behind it, if it didn't look as though it was an add-on just to capitalize on earlier success."