Pleasanton's Hollywood Video store closing

Santa Rita store a victim of parent company's bankruptcy filing, competition from Netflix, Redbox

Hollywood Video, a staple in the Amador Village Shopping Center on Santa Rita Road, is closing.

Signs announcing storewide closing sales have been posted.

An employee who answered the phone Monday said the announcement was made last Monday and that the store has been given up to two months before it will shutter its doors for good.

The closure is one of some 800 Hollywood Video's parent company, Movie Gallery, is expected to carry out across the nation. In the East Bay, other locations closing include Castro Valley, Walnut Creek, Concord, Pittsburg and Oakley.

According to a report from Reuters, Movie Gallery has filed for bankruptcy, the second time in three years. The first bankruptcy came in 2007, when the company reportedly was unable to sustain the debt it took on in an $850-million acquisition of rival Hollywood Entertainment in 2005, as it agreed to assume $350 million of Hollywood Entertainment's borrowings.

The way people rent movies has evolved from rental chain models such as Hollywood and Blockbuster, which closed a store on Sunol Boulevard in 2007 due to lack of sales. Competitors, such as Los Gatos-based Netflix that offers rentals by mail with pre-paid postage for returns, and Coinstar's Redbox, which offers kiosks in grocery and drug stores, have risen in popularity.

In addition, more and more people are using digital video recording devices and online streaming services and thus, are finding less time for traditional movie rentals,accrding to reports.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

What goes around comes around. I've never liked Hollywood video. I haven't patronized that place for over a decade. last time I did, I rented two videos and returned them through the overnight drop box. They said I lost the videos and tried to bill me for them. Attempts to discuss this with customer service were in vain - they never returned my calls. They tried to put it on mycredit report and documenting and dealing with that was an absolute pain in the you-know-what, especially since whenever I called them back there was never anyone available to take the call. So I refused to ever go there again.

You get what you dish out Hollywood Video!

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Posted by Ptown library
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

My favorite DVD outlet is our own Pleasanton library.

Go in and browse the shelves or reserve the latest hit online. An email will arrive to let you know when it's your turn to check it out!

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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

Just like the 8mm movie, Beta then the VHS tape, you can kiss your DVD, HDDVD & now your Blu-Ray disc bye-bye. The era of a tape, disc or any physical playback software is coming to an end. The "record companies" (dated simply by their own definition) has been aware of the coming download revolution & has been positioning themselves to be able to take advantage of all their copyright & artists interests once the networks & portals that will be transmitting & distributing the content is in place.

Keep that old computer because it will act as a perfect A/V server for your new music & video collection.

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Posted by Same Here!
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:40 am

They did the same thing to us.........we returned the DVD and were told we did not. We walked the darn DVD inside and gave it to the person working behind the counter to make sure it was received and they still managed to "lose" it somewhere along the line! They tried to bill us and it was a huge waste of time and effort on our part.

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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

I am just sad, as it was the last place you could really browse movies and rent anything.... even old movies and things that weren't just the latest hits, without committing to a monthly plan at Netflix.

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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

I've been using netflix for almost 12 years and don't miss not going to a rental store. Video rental stores may stay around, but only as a niche market.

Also Netflix's streaming is great, except they don't have new releases, but that may change soon as they have signed a deal with one of the large movie houses to stream new releases (Don't know when that is going to start).

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Posted by No Tears
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

It's sad to see another business in Pleasanton closing, but on the other hand Blockbuster and Hollywood Video treated their custormers with contempt. So, their customers were chomping at the bit for another alternative, and Netflix and streaming video gave them a good way to take a hike.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I'm sorry to see Hollywood Video go, but they kept "losing" our returned videos too. After about a year we gave up and went to Blockbuster. Now we are onto Netflix and we will see how that goes.

It is also sad that small local companies are going out of business, as they provided work for a lot of local students part-time. Add Nob Hill to that group of job losses for students!

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

No tears from our family. My daughter worked there for over a year and was poorly treated by the managers as were most of the other young employees. As a consumer they would never reason with you over their absurd late fees. Glad to see them go. They got what they deserve.

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