Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slo-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $17, you get 10 rentals plus membership at I Luv Video (up to a $42.50 value). This Groupon is valid for both the Guadalupe Street and Airport Boulevard locations.
Slinging cinema for more than 20 years, I Luv Video boasts more than 140,000 titles between its two locations, making it one of the largest movie-rental stores in the world. The epic stock includes fresh-from-the-theaters features, classics of the silver screen, and titles so obscure they require NASA-engineered ocular transplants to be read. Take a new release DVD or Blu-ray out for 48 hours for $4, or spend a five-night bender with a catalog release for $2.75. Meanwhile, your membership is good for life or at least until movies are outlawed under the Great Librarian Uprising of 2074.
A favorite haunt of cassette connoisseurs, I Luv Video invites customers to rummage for hours before emerging delirious into the sun with their ideal movie mate. Stop by on Tuesday for free beer, or crawl in on the first or 15th of the month to turn in delinquent rentals and receive amnesty in the form of reduced overdue fees. An expert staff is always on hand to guide befuddled customers toward the perfect rom-com, action flick, or documentary on the history of Canada's bloodthirsty coin-collecting underworld.
I Luv Video and its owners John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano have been featured by Austin360.com as flag carriers for the outcast videotape. I Luv Video's two Austin locations, on Guadalupe St. and Airport Ave. have a 4.5-star average:
- 'We've got several lifetimes worth of media on hand, with a staff that watches 80-plus hours of movies a week,' says Eric Mendell, a longtime employee of the Airport Boulevard store. 'Walking into the Airport store for the first time, it was like a movie wonderland I'd only previously dreamed of: two stories packed wall to wall with movies. ... It can be a bit overwhelming, but luckily there's a few shelves up front with some employee recommendations that give you a good place to start. The store is like an entertainment treasury. I've had many people tell me that this is what Austin was like 20 years ago, and I can tell that it means a lot to them. And that in turn makes me proud to be a small part of Austin history.' – Chris Garcia, Austin360.com
I Luv Video
El Paso transplants John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano founded I Luv Video in 1984, and unlike corporate movie-rental stores, their independent store is still thriving. That's because it celebrates classic, indie, and hard-to-find movies, offering patrons an extensive selection of films across a variety of formats.
Unlike watching streaming movies on demand, I Luv Video brings movie lovers together in a real-life social environment, treating visitors to special events such as Cinemondays film screenings, Free Beer Tuesdays, and Spot the Baguette in the French Film Friday. Guests can also chat with fellow film buffs or knowledgable staffers as they browse an ever-growing selection of cult films, underground hits, and big-name titles, all easily pinpointed through the store's online search function. Additionally, the store attracts patrons with its rare vintage toys, movie memorabilia, and films.