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Film Noir Video
The worn-in vibe of this niche movie-rental shop is more reminiscent of a thrift store than your usual Blockbuster. The front window is plastered with reproductions of posters for cult classics, pulpy horror flicks, and film-student favorites. Inside, bins of DVD jackets encased in plastic sleeves line one side of the narrow, orange-hued room (the actual discs are kept behind the counter, allowing the store to cram 6,400 titles into the small space up front). The opposite wall showcases a small selection of current and mainstream releases, with stacks of for-sale VHS tapes and bins of used records running along the floor. The DVD sections have more esoteric genres than the typical Comedy/Drama/Action labels, including Cult, Film Noir, and Criterion Editions among them. The spot specializes in foreign, art-house, and independent films, so finding your favorite Fellini or Godard flick is a snap. There’s also a noteworthy selection of used DVDs for sale (heavy on Criterion), most running $10 to $20.