The Internet killed big-box movie rental businesses across the country — except here in the Capital City, where video rental store Vulcan Video is thriving.
"The Internet put all the big chains out of business because they basically had the same movies," Video Vulcan manager Bryan Connolly said. "We're still around because we still have all the older, weirder, obscure, not obscure stuff. We never got rid of anything."
Connolly says Coen brothers movies, especially "The Big Lebowski," are easily the most popular rentals. And the weirdest?
"We have one where it's like Pat Morita teaching you the art of massage," Connolly said. "Why would anyone watch that? I mean, I assume to make fun of it, but maybe they really want to learn from Pat Morita how to do these things."
Even though it's easy for people to get videos via Netflix or other streaming services nowadays, Connolly says Vulcan Video is still around because people enjoy having human interaction when they enter the store, which provides a totally different experience.
"We don't get rid of anything. That's the rule," Connolly said. "If it's the only way to see the movie, if it's only on video tape, then we're going to have to keep it."
Vulcan Video has a store on South Congress as well as one on North Loop. Find out more in the "Local Wonders" segment above.