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Best Video Rental Stores

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Blockbuster Video (Permanently Closed)
And other metro area locations.

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Blockbuster Video (Permanently Closed)
2002 Howell Mill Road 404-609-9565; and other locations www.blockbuster.com

Best Video Rental Stores BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Granted, Blockbuster and Hollywood have huge selections of videos, particularly new releases, and they're steadily building their DVD collections. As their names indicate, Hollywood blockbusters are their stock-in-trade, so if you always wanted to see Top Gun and never quite got around to it, Blockbustermore...
Granted, Blockbuster and Hollywood have huge selections of videos, particularly new releases, and they're steadily building their DVD collections. As their names indicate, Hollywood blockbusters are their stock-in-trade, so if you always wanted to see Top Gun and never quite got around to it, Blockbuster or Hollywood are the places to go. But if foreign films, cult flicks, truly independent releases, obscure documentaries and Japanese anime are more your speed, Atlanta is blessed with three excellent sources of non-mainstream video viewing. For 15 years, Atlanta's singular go-to place for intelligent video viewing has been Movies Worth Seeing (1409 N. Highland Ave., 404-892-1802). Besides the requisite sections devoted to children's movies and new releases (which is sure to include titles you've never heard of, much less seen), the store is divided primarily into sections devoted to directors, countries and genres. Always wanted to see the entire oeuvre of Jim Jarmusch? It's all there in one handy area. Want to bone up on '50s crime drama? Just hit the Film Noir section and find classics you never knew existed. Been longing to check out that naughty '60s flick that had your parents' panties in a wad, I Am Curious (Yellow)? Check out the Swedish section. Having set the standard for intown video stores, Movies Worth Seeing is finally getting some competition in the marketplace. Videodrome (617 N. Highland Ave., 404-885-1117) opened two years ago and is designed much like Movies Worth Seeing, Velcro pull-tabs and all. But Videodrome has it all over Movies Worth Seeing, aesthetically speaking. Not only does the carpeting and tasteful lighting look brand-spanking new, but so do the videos. In addition to a huge foreign film section, there's an excellent selection of anime and Asian action flicks, as well as horror and exploitation films in the Midnight Movies section. Though not in the same league as the previous two stores, The Village Vidiot (543-B Stokeswood Ave., 404-880-0052) in East Atlanta is sure to fill in your movie-viewing gaps. This small, dimly lit store has an eclectic selection that no doubt reflects the owner's personal viewing habits. Much of the space is devoted to Asian action flicks, horror/gore and anime, but it also boasts a small, unusual foreign film section and an entire section devoted to Women in Prison. If you're looking for classic American movies or new releases, though, you'd best go elsewhere. less...

Best Video Rental Stores BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Blockbuster (Permanently Closed)

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