No more West Seattle movie-rental stores: Blockbusters closing

As of about half an hour ago, both Blockbuster stores in West Seattle are closed. At least one of them – Admiral – is reopening tomorrow for a “liquidation sale,” but no more movie rentals at either one. We’d heard rumors about the Fauntleroy store closing (confirmed by the flyer for its “for lease” listing, though Blockbuster corporate PR did not answer our inquiries) but hadn’t heard Admiral was closing too till a note today from Martin sent us out to check in person. An employee at Fauntleroy told us around 3 pm that it was their last day of renting movies, but she wasn’t sure when the store was shutting down; we headed to Admiral, where at 3:55 pm, a note on the door said they would close at 4 pm and reopen for the liquidation sale at 11 am tomorrow.

Circled back to Fauntleroy after that – and a sign had appeared on the door between our visits: CLOSED. (No word of any reopening, but we’ll take a look tomorrow.) Note that the note at the Admiral location says the nearest still-open store is the one in White Center. That’s also the store to which people in Burien are being pointed, according to this report about Blockbuster’s impending shutdown there. The troubled video-rental chain was bought by Dish Network earlier this year. The two Blockbusters were the last standalone video-rental stores in West Seattle, though offline movie rentals are still available by other means, such as supermarket counters and Redbox machines. (P.S. Looks like other areas of the country are seeing closures too – Google News Search shows a multitude of recent stories.)

83 Replies to "No more West Seattle movie-rental stores: Blockbusters closing"

  • GenHillOne December 26, 2011 (4:51 pm)

    ummm…I just noticed a For Lease sign at the White Center store today though. Don’t know how long it’s been there.

  • WSB December 26, 2011 (4:54 pm)

    Well, “remaining open” doesn’t necessarily mean forever…

  • jissy December 26, 2011 (5:01 pm)

    GenHill — the For Lease sign at the White Center store has been up for a few months.

  • coffee December 26, 2011 (5:17 pm)

    I noticed that sign too and wondered if it was the blockbuster or albertsons space. I had heard awhile back that, that albertsons was going to close.

  • Marge Evans December 26, 2011 (5:25 pm)

    this is awful! 2 more real estate blights with no tenants, and not everyone wants to stream Netflix, I know my Mom doesn’t

  • CB December 26, 2011 (5:35 pm)

    Video killed the radio star.

  • EmmyJane December 26, 2011 (5:42 pm)

    NOOOOO! We just finished up season 4 of Sopranos and were so excited to start season 5. Got to the store a half hour too late.

  • Near Alki December 26, 2011 (5:47 pm)

    Shouldn’t be too much of a “blight” for too long.

  • miws December 26, 2011 (6:18 pm)

    Marge E, don’t worry. maybe they’ll dig big holes at both locations, so as not to leave unsightly, vacant buildings in each neighborhood. ;-)



  • Lauri December 26, 2011 (6:20 pm)

    We found out at 3:40 when we arrived to find a sign on the door and the shelves nearly empty. I’m sorry for all the folks who worked there. Having worked as a union projectionist in several (6) now-closed Seattle theaters, I guess what comes around goes around.

    It was a quick drive to a nearby Redbox.

    (You said it, CB.)

  • GenHillOne December 26, 2011 (6:21 pm)

    Good thinkin’ WSB – leave it to you ;) You made me curious, so I went to the corporate site and they actually have job openings posted for both the California and Fauntleroy stores as well, so you might be right that things are happening quickly.

    • WSB December 26, 2011 (9:27 pm)

      I didn’t look at the corporate site GHO … I just googled for the address of WC. One of the stories from other states that came up via Google News told the story of a store somewhere that was first told it was closing, then NOT … sad to jerk people around at this time of year, especially …

  • Stu December 26, 2011 (6:27 pm)

    The staff at the Admiral store are really great. Many times I have asked for recommendations for my 12 YO and myself. It seems like they have seen every movie in the store, know who the actors are and always steered us to good movies. Very sad for them. I guess I will need to move to Netflix.

  • Robby December 26, 2011 (6:51 pm)

    Glad to see this happen. They took way too long too catch up with redbox and Netflix and now they are paying for it. If it were a mom and pop store, I’d feel different, but this is a mega chain. Just a sign of things to come for them on a much bigger scale. Seems to me like every day they keep their stores open, more and more money will be lost.

  • Alki Area December 26, 2011 (7:01 pm)

    Not shocking in the least. Video peaked in the early 90s, online (Apple TV, Google TV, Amazon Instant Streaming, Blockbuster Steaming), Netflix and Redbox killed them. Viva capitalism. Plenty of competition, and this isn’t what most consumers wanted.

    The space won’t be empty long. Have you seen the Junction? How many boarded up empty spaces are there? None. The old liquor store and train shop (most recent to close) are already taken. Seattle’s economy isn’t Detroit, we’re doing fine.

  • MB December 26, 2011 (7:05 pm)

    Don’t forget the public library for your video rentals. Place a hold online to be delivered to your local branch, receive an email when they are ready to be picked up – all for free. I am so behind on my movie watching that waiting a little longer for the popular stuff seems to be perfectly fine. No netlix and just as satisfied.

  • Rebecca December 26, 2011 (7:33 pm)

    As the stores close, people lose jobs, so regardless how you feel about it, there are people out of work. Most times they can be transferred to other stores but with so many closing, it’s not always possible.

    Fauntleroy is closing. I have a family member who works there.

    The for lease sign in front of White Center has been there a while now.

    Blockbuster online is a great option.

  • WK December 26, 2011 (7:42 pm)

    Hope Safeway is ready!

  • chris December 26, 2011 (7:46 pm)

    Hope it turns back into a Royal Fork buffet…miss it.

  • sna December 26, 2011 (7:48 pm)

    It will be interesting to see what the next tenant in the Admiral space will be. The space seems too big for a restaurant and most mom & pop retail.

  • M December 26, 2011 (7:56 pm)

    “Seattle’s economy isn’t Detroit, we’re doing fine.”
    Probably the winner for most foolish comment on WSB for 2011.

  • Chuck D December 26, 2011 (7:57 pm)

    Amen Chris, bring back the Royal Fork Buffet!

  • DaveB December 26, 2011 (8:23 pm)

    There is also a Blockbuster box (similar to RedBox) at the Chevron station at California and Admiral.

    An option that my wife and I have mulled over is making at free parking lot (similar to what they have at the Alaska Junction) since parking is so rare in the area.

  • LE December 26, 2011 (8:32 pm)

    We have the SAME sign on the two Blockbusters where we live…all the way in Golden, CO!! My husband went out to pick up a movie and was shocked. We were just in there last week and no warning given.

  • Cranky Westie December 26, 2011 (9:55 pm)

    When is the city going to do something about video stores closing? When will there be a city wide referendum voted on about what we want in video rental? Why isn’t McGinn front and center on this issue? What will happen to us all? How long until cannibalism or the Kiwanis Club takes over? Inquiring minds want to have more endless processing of this issue until we all fall asleep.

    • WSB December 26, 2011 (10:19 pm)

      Cranky, you made me laugh, which is tough. I’m afraid that since things have slowed down for the between-holidays week, we won’t have as much processing as we could have otherwise. I don’t know if “dying business models” fit into any of the newly renamed City Council committees … no wait, Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations would seem to cover it:

  • metrognome December 26, 2011 (10:03 pm)

    ‘talkies’ killed most of the silent movie stars.

  • Aman December 26, 2011 (10:03 pm)

    Rented a DVD late this afternoon from the North Admiral store. Wonder if I’ll get charged a late fee in the unlikely event I don’t return by the deadline? Hmmm?

    Sorry to any business leave our community. The employees at the N. Admiral store were terrific. I wish them each good luck.

  • Zoe Freeman December 26, 2011 (10:26 pm)

    Does anyone else miss Video Vault?

  • AlkiArea December 26, 2011 (10:44 pm)

    M: ““Seattle’s economy isn’t Detroit, we’re doing fine.”
    Probably the winner for most foolish comment on WSB for 2011.
    No. 100% accurate. You just need to get out of Seattle and see the rest world occasionally. The upper middle class whining on here is AMAZING! The NIMBY complaining (no changes in MY neighborhood please) and the fact the Trader Joes and Whole Foods business generate the MOST discussion on here illustrate my point, you have “first world problems”. The ENDLESS whining about HOW BAD things are here drives me insane. We’re doing better than most places I’ve ever been. Downtown Seattle isn’t a ghost town, we have no soup lines stretching around the block, no rows of abandoned highrises (seriously, GO visit Detroit dude), the Junction isn’t emptied, our unemployment is good (Depression was on order of 30%, you think 8.5% is the end of the world). Seriously. Boeing is adding thousands of new jobs to this area (we stole back the tanker project, got the 737 Max), Amazon is expanding and just moved to new HQ, Microsoft is going anywhere, neither is Starbucks.

    You think Seattle is some great depressed economy? Seriously, go visit the rest of the U.S. and world. Wow. Blockbuster going under isn’t a sign of trouble in our Seattle economy, but a symptom of technical change in video distribution (same reason the malls don’t have 5 or 6 record stores anymore, but iTunes sells billions). Sorry, go on whining about when you get a Whole Foods and how horrible things are in Seattle. Sorry to interrupt.

  • I. Ponder December 26, 2011 (10:55 pm)

    I was just looking at a box for streaming at Costco. Was surprised how cheap it was at about $70. Hope I can use it with my old analog TV. Don’t miss Video Vault. More than one person I met referred to them as Video Nazi. The owner’s ill temper improved as their business declined tho.

  • Dave December 26, 2011 (11:06 pm)

    Sorry we’re losing jobs from Blockbuster, but betting there’s as many or more added by Tradder Joe’s. And what about all those businesses under those new apt buildings, QFC,C Canyon, Bistro Fresh, Out West took abandoned West Side Pharmacy, Bang Bar, Terrible Beauty, Menches Yogurt. Thats just in the last year or two. Crazy fast pace of new businesses here if you ask me. Seems way more boom than bust.

  • dsa December 26, 2011 (11:58 pm)

    Is the building too small for Hancock Fabrics or another similar?

  • Local Resident December 27, 2011 (4:21 am)

    Just having the ugly sign gone will improve Admiral.

    Their business model was outdated and their customer service was poor at best. Turns out, their $2.00 late fee scam helped make some quarterly numbers, but didn’t create a sustainable business.

    I’m sure the local economy can absorb the 10 people on the books. Not having a soul sucking national chain with a backwards business model in our area is a huge boost to our culture.

    Hopefully an innovative specialty shop run by a local entrepreneur will take its place sooner than later. If not, I’d rather see a Peet’s Coffee go in or some other smaller business chain with quality service.

  • CI December 27, 2011 (4:31 am)

    Hancock Fabrics: Please come back to WS!

  • Homesick December 27, 2011 (6:11 am)

    Having just relocated from North Admiral to Detroit for a new job…I totally agree…West Seattle is doing just fine.

  • W.S. maverick December 27, 2011 (7:12 am)

    dvds are in the past time for instant streaming

  • Dave December 27, 2011 (7:56 am)

    dsa – Oh that’s good! It’s perfect size for a Hancock Fabrics! I don’t think it’ll happen, but nice. This is a GOOD property, not only a medium size (versatile) but for gods sake, they have PARKING! That’s damn hard to find in retail. Most places (like Mud Bay, across from Safeway in Admiral Junction) have to rely on street parking, thankfully they’ve done well, but tricky. Having your own parking rocks.

  • JR66 December 27, 2011 (8:17 am)

    What I will miss the most is the ‘community’ of going to the Admiral Blockbuster store. Every time I go there I see a friend and we catch up with eachother, make plans and ask what movie to watch. You see families, group of kids and people with their dogs in there choosing what movie to watch. You can’t get that from Netflicks or Redbox. I will miss you Blockbuster!

  • WSratsinacage December 27, 2011 (8:29 am)

    I second AlkiArea and Homesick’s comments.
    A side note, I’ve always wondered why (if Seattle is doing so bad) mall stores are packed at all hours of the day and traffic is just as bad as pre economic downturn?

  • WS expat December 27, 2011 (8:51 am)

    @ alkiarea

    Amen! What a parochial attitude! Seattle seems to live in a bubble.
    I’m writing from a community that is the shopping hub for half the Rez, N. Central NM and SW Colo. Our Blockbuster closed in June and the space is still empty. Downtown looks like a ghost town, the feds may close the post offices and we just heard we may lose both our Sears and our KMart. No biggie for Seattle, but serious for a community with spotty internet access, no interstate highway, no train service and miserable air connections. We’re always just one snowstorm away from empty grocery shelves while W. Seattle folk have the luxury of debating which annoys them most: Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
    Count your blessings, Seattle.

  • sun*e December 27, 2011 (9:25 am)

    I’m certainly not surprised and have wondered many times how they’ve managed to stay open. We’ve used Netflix for years and love the convenience. It is sad that people will be losing their jobs but even more sad is that I’ll be losing my place to park when I go to my hair salon. ;-)

  • work downtown December 27, 2011 (9:31 am)

    I am probably the only one around who remembers seeing Debbie Reynolds at this location for the grand opening of her husband’s shoe store. Yep, that’s right. Might have been late 50’s early 60’s.

  • Gina December 27, 2011 (9:44 am)

    Well, just be thankful that the land and building don’t belong to a bank or an out of area entity.

  • Spana December 27, 2011 (10:02 am)

    Dear West Seattle,

    This would be a great location for a Dick’s.

    Ok yes pls thank you

  • Lisa S December 27, 2011 (10:21 am)

    Another bad national chain store leaving West Seattle.

    That’s Great news!


  • Jason December 27, 2011 (10:33 am)

    My bet: The Blockbuster gets bulldozed, and another 16+ unit apartment complex with no parking is built in its place. Bonus wager: There’ll be two or more cookie-cutter (see merchant strip on Calif Ave in front of new Safeway for example…) tiny retail spaces on the first floor that will stay vacant for months, finally occupy, then all will begin a decade long cycle of changing tenants every 8 months. No parking for them either – potential customers will be expected to park blocks away or clog the neighborhood streets. I hope I’m wrong, but history says otherwise.

  • Burger deprived December 27, 2011 (10:36 am)

    DICK’s!!!!!!!! I second that. Not a single decent burger place in W. Seattle (please don’t say Zippy’s – it’s in White Center and way too far to drive for a quick burger, fries, and shake!)

  • Alex December 27, 2011 (10:39 am)

    Three words for that location: Dick’s Drive In.

  • llinalki December 27, 2011 (11:38 am)

    I will terribly miss the great customer service and convenience the Admiral BB offered. The personnel there over the years was awesome for recommendations and suggestions. Joe was our family’s personal favorite, and we hated to lose him to the Fauntleroy store. Sometimes you just need a human to interact with, a little help from a friend. Darn.

  • Brian F December 27, 2011 (11:56 am)

    Dick’s!! Yes!!

  • Alex DeLarge December 27, 2011 (12:03 pm)

    @jason – Regardless of what replaces that dump Blockbuster, it will be better than what is there now. Just went there to buy a couple cheap DVD’s be prepared to stand in line for close to an hour as only 1 employee is working. Good riddance Blockbuster!! Don’t let the door hit you or your joke of a business on the way to bankruptcy court, lol. Here is to a bulldozed redeveloped lot with a modern business that is not a total joke.

  • Ajax December 27, 2011 (12:15 pm)

    “It is sad that people will be losing their jobs but even more sad is that I’ll be losing my place to park when I go to my hair salon. ;-)” – sun*e

    Wow. Is there a category for most self-absorbed comment of 2011?

  • jiggers December 27, 2011 (12:50 pm)

    If that space is 10,000 sq.foot, I’d put me in a new liqour and deli sandwich/soup store right there. Anybody know the sq.footage?

  • KT December 27, 2011 (12:54 pm)

    To those of you asking about Hancock Fabrics, there is an awesome store called West Seattle Fabric Company right next door. You should check it out if you haven’t already. It isn’t nearly as big as Hancock, but they have some really fun fabrics. I absolutely love going there.

  • sna December 27, 2011 (2:00 pm)

    It’s 6500 sq ft.

  • questionable December 27, 2011 (2:20 pm)

    The “blankiest blank of 2011” assertions that have been popping up this week are funny in kind of an idiotic way.

  • Dave December 27, 2011 (3:45 pm)

    It’s fun watching the psychology on here. You have the classic “this is the worst place ever, our city sucks, everything is horrible, we’re taxed the most of anyone on earth, whatever replaces this will be even worse”….or the “wouldn’t a Dicks Drive-In be cool, I hope it’s a Hancock Fabrics, How about a restaurant”?
    I’ve had this conversation a hundred times with folks. If you don’t like the city, think you’re over taxed or everything is horrible, feel FREE to leave. This isn’t a prison. Move to Mississippi, Wyoming or one of the other magic states, no one is keeping you here. From what I hear, everyone has more jobs and lower taxes, so move! Bye! LOL
    I think it’ll stay retail. The apartment building boom is slowing (the old Charlestown Street Cafe was supposed to become a 6 store apt block, so was the spot to the north of QFC, neither happened, yet). I can see the Conner block in the junction (current Vitamin Shoppe to Beer Junction) is CORE retail and is likely to be redevelopment, that makes sense.

    • WSB December 27, 2011 (4:00 pm)

      Funny you mention the Charlestown site, Dave. I was downtown today checking on some DPD records, since developers haven’t been good about returning phone calls/e-mails lately. The Charlestown site had been marked in the city system as “canceled 7/2011” but didn’t say why; the DPD clerk told me today it was because they never paid the fees due for their pre-application visit. – TR

  • visitor December 27, 2011 (4:37 pm)

    Dicks YES

  • tk December 27, 2011 (6:00 pm)

    So where are we supposed to get new releases from now since redbox sucks at that kind of stuff? Makes me so depressed. I was a monthly 2 out at a time unlimited member!!!!!!

  • miws December 27, 2011 (6:48 pm)

    Alki Crab & Fish!



  • sun*e December 27, 2011 (9:57 pm)

    @Ajax – I guess you missed and/or misinterpreted that wink and a smile: ;-)
    Oh, and one more thing – Hey Zippy’s, what d’ya think about coming to Admiral? We have the perfect space for ya!

  • Cordelia Anne December 27, 2011 (10:23 pm)

    Dick’s OR Royal Fork Buffet would suit me just fine – we need some more good cheap eats on the Westside! So long, Blockbuster.

  • westseattledood December 27, 2011 (10:55 pm)

    Haha Dave, made me LOL!

    I wonder if my brother in Vegas knows about the Magic State list…I better check ;)

  • alki_2008 December 28, 2011 (12:04 am)

    I’m not surprised that the BB closed. I’ve been surprised to see the place stay open this long.
    Most cost-efficient use for that space is probably to divide it into 2-3 retail spaces. I’d be ‘pleasantly’ surprised to see any food/drink establishments in that space, since the cost of changing over from retail (ie, plumbing, kitchen, change-of-use) would be extensive.
    Will be interesting to see what happens there!

  • Brian M December 28, 2011 (7:00 am)

    Don’t even bother going into the Admiral location for the liquidation “deals”. The prices aren’t any better than Amazon, and it looks like they shipped in a lot of unsold stock from other Blockbusters! On top of that, we witnessed the employees making fun of this particular blog to a hipster couple buying some stuff – “People read that blog and expected $1 DVDs … *snicker*”.

    • WSB December 28, 2011 (11:51 am)

      Brian, that’s hysterical. Um, nobody said $1 DVDs, or any kind of price speculation. And aside from the unfortunate “b” word in our name, which predates what we actually do on this site, WSB is not a “blog,” it’s West Seattle’s most-read news publication, nationally and regionally honored. But thanks for the report … TR

  • curbed_wheel December 28, 2011 (8:40 am)

    Let’s not forget West Seattle Video…..the original video and vcr rental!

  • W.S. maverick December 28, 2011 (10:53 am)

    turn it into a medical marijauna shop. there are a lot of people in that area that need the convenience instead of having to drive so far. food for thought

  • Jacques White December 28, 2011 (3:31 pm)

    Being completely out of touch, I walked into the Admiral store last night expecting to rent a DVD containing several episodes of my favorite TV show. Nope. “That will be $24.99 please for the whole season, we don’t sell individual disks”. No thanks. I went to redbox and Safeway – they don’t rent TV shows. I have a Netflix download service, but they don’t have this show available (nor many other TV shows, nor a lot of good movie titles either for that matter).

    My son said get it from iTunes – it costs $28.99 for the season, or $2.99 per episode. I download the episode I want to watch, it takes 45 minutes in HD. Last week I rented 4 episodes of the same show from the Admiral Blockbuster for $0.99. I put it in the machine and it played right away. And then I gave it back…

    With all due respect to the anti-corrporate crusaders out there, I am not a happy person right now. Not because I love Blockbuster, but becasue I now hate all the alternatives. Netflix is imploding and pay-per downloads are not a satisfactory solution for me – I don’t want own movies and TV shows and have them take up 2 gigs of hardrive space. I want the ability to rent them cost effectively at the spur of the moment. I want selection. I want suggestions from real people at the store. I want to run into my friends at the video store and ask them what they are watching. That is what I got from the Admiral Blockbuster. Call me a Luddite.

    Funny thing is, with the closure of all the other video stores in West Seattle, and the recent split personality of Netflix, I haven’t seen the Blockbuster store as busy as it was this fall since 2007. I guess 99 cent video rentals isn’t a winning business model. I sure liked it though.

    Oh well, as for the empty space – I vote for Dick’s.

  • AJ December 28, 2011 (4:40 pm)

    This is too bad. I rather liked the in store exchange. Anyway, there is also a Blockbuster machine (like Redbox) on Rite-Aid on California Ave, near the WS Nursery.

  • AJ December 28, 2011 (4:43 pm)

    How about another nail salon? WS doesn’t have many of those.

  • breezygirl December 28, 2011 (7:31 pm)

    As a former shift manager of this store I have mixed emotions about the store closing. I’m sad my friends who still work there are out of a job and I will forever be greatful that I met two of the most important people in my life, my very best friend and the man who is now my husband, while I worked there but on the other hand I can’t help but feel a bit smug too. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that company only to get burned by them. I hope a better company/business gets the space!

  • WSMom0717 December 28, 2011 (10:35 pm)

    I vote for Hancock Fabrics at the Fauntleroy location! I so miss that store!

  • Brian M December 29, 2011 (8:20 am)

    TR, I enjoy WSB everyday and meant no disrespect in calling it a “blog”. It is a wonderful resource for the community. :)

  • SarahScoot December 29, 2011 (8:36 am)

    Jacques, have you considered Netflix’s traditional disc-by-mail option? It’s very inexpensive and may be a great fit for you. The disc selection is much greater than the streaming library.

  • Jacques White December 29, 2011 (11:12 am)

    Sarah, Thanks for the tip. I had that service until Netflix forced me to choose between mail order and streaming. I will probably re-up for somebody’s disk by mail service again someday, but Netflix is not exactly on my A-list right now given their recent business blunder – shrinking download selections while doubling costs for both services. I honestly think Netflix days are numbered too if the content providers continue to have their way.

    I very much liked the idea of being able to pick up an obscure video from a relatively wide selection at a brick and mortar store on impluse, and the movie boxes and supermarkets don’t have the selection to support that. Mail order service isn’t going to replace that retail experience. Except for a few select neighborhoods, it is apparently gone forever, and my guess is those remaining outlets are also at great risk of closing as well. I am guessing the studios and networks would eventually like to do away with physical media altogether. Why pay for production, packaging and a distribution networks for physical media when you can parcel content out over the internet for a higher price to us and at a lower cost to the provider? No middle men and no need for sale prices on aging inventory. Welcome to the future.

  • drummr December 29, 2011 (12:49 pm)

    What I don’t understand is why people are willing to trade in quality sound and video for a lower quality streaming product. It amazes me that in this day and age in which everything is HD this and HD that and flat panel HDTVs have become so affordable that people are willing to trade quality for convenience. I guess a lot of people just don’t care about this, but you just won’t get the same quality from streaming as you do from a hard copy DVD or Blu Ray. Even when the streaming services say they are streaming in HD, they are feeding you a compressed video and audio file. What’s the point of having an HDTV if you’re not watching in true HD? Why do you think the Blu Ray disc was developed? An average DVD movie is about 4GB and that same movie on Blu Ray is going to be much bigger because it was designed to give you an uncompressed video and audio signal to simulate the movie theater experience. Check it out for yourselves and you’ll see that even the HD quality movies are not even the same size as that of a typical DVD. Aside from getting out and socializing with people at the video store, the quality is what I’ll truly miss since the most local options are now non-existent.

    So I guess at this point if you really care about the quality you won’t have much of an option but to buy.

  • Jacques White December 29, 2011 (2:45 pm)

    Good point drummr, and I agree. Another good reason to mourn the loss of brick and mortar retail outlets like the Admiral Blockbuster store for video rentals.

    Sarah will tell you to plan ahead and order your BluRay disks and DVDs from Netflix. I will tell you that many younger people don’t care about these resolution issues because they are watching videos on their smart phones, pads and laptops with headphones on. All that resolution just slows down the transfer rate. True HD multichannel sound is apparently not really a priority for a lot of people these days, and the vendors are going where the sales are high and the costs (to them) are low.

    If you haven’t experienced what drummr is talking about – a Blu Ray soundtrack played back through a quality multichannel system – it can make the movie theater seem pretty lame. It is going to be a while before the Internet can support that kind of datastream, so disks are the only way to get it now and for the foreseeable future.

  • NFiorentini December 29, 2011 (3:51 pm)

    My vote: Alamo Drafthouse-West Seattle!

  • sparkybo December 30, 2011 (9:27 pm)

    Wow, I’m a little behind the times… just came upon the news Admiral BB is closing. So Shocked and a little upset. I have mail BB service, but turn in dvd’s to store for quick free movie turn around until mail issue arrives. Will miss that and also thought customer service was very good and helpful. Did not like their pets allowed policy :( not everyone likes pets in stores! Allergies and dirty.

    No to space used as free parking
    No to Dicks!!! Not in West Seattle, isn’t that good!
    No to Royal Fork, W Seattle deserves better.
    How about Red Mill Burger!

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