One of Tennessee’s Oldest Video Clubs to Close Permanently
MAURY COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) – One of Middle Tennessee’s oldest video rental stores will close its doors forever this weekend after 36 years in business.
James Moody and his wife, Karen, own Silver Screen Video on South James Campbell Boulevard in Columbia, which opened on May 5, 1985, months before the first Blockbuster Video.
“The streaming services have had an effect on us,” Moody told News 2, adding that he and his wife have reached retirement age as well.
Moody explained that Silver Screen Video was “doing well” until COVID, when studios started releasing major movies directly to streaming services, such as Disney +, HBO Max, and Netflix.
Video stores, like Moody’s, used to receive movies about three months ahead of cable companies and streaming services, allowing companies to turn a profit. This is no longer the case, according to Moody.
This put additional pressure on the video rental industry, which had “kind of weakened over the past decade,” he said.
Moody said he and his wife have already sold most of their inventory, faster than they expected.
Silver Screen Video will close for the last time on Sunday, when Moody and his wife will officially retire.