Viva Video in Lower Merion, Montgomery County, harkens back to a different time and a different approach to watching movies at home, reports Tom Rader for WFMZ.com.
Now the store is the subject of a TV show pilot on the SYFY Network.
“With a video store, when you are making the trek, you put on clothes,” said Miguel Gomez, owner of Viva Video. “You have to be presentable enough to be seen in public.”
Gomez said his dream in high school was to work in a video store.
Unlike streaming in isolation, a place like Viva Video requires interaction. People will ask your opinion about a movie. You get the opportunity to be like ‘this sucked’ or ‘this was amazing,’” Gomez explained.
It’s a place where people can be themselves and most importantly still rent movies.
Roxy Snavely, a sophomore at Lower Merion, hadn’t seen a video store since age 6, so she walked in.
“I thought it was really cool. I reorganize the classic Hollywood section. I feel like this is the only place I can bring it up without being judged.”
Today, she’s an intern at the store.
Find out more about Viva Video here.