Alamo Drafthouse’s New Video Store Will Feature DVDs, VHS Tapes, and '90s Nostalgia


Sure, watching all three hours and 15 minutes of Titanic without getting up to switch tapes halfway through is convenient. But even in the age of streaming, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the bulky, temperamental VHS tapes you grew up with. Alamo Drafthouse feels your pain, and they're responding with a new brick-and-mortar store where you can rent movies on VHS likes it's 1999.

As Variety reports, Video Vortex will be part of the theater chain’s upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 30,000 short films, features, and TV series on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray in its inventory, the store is set to be one of the biggest video archives in existence. In addition to the classics, it will also feature rare VHS titles that were never made available on digital platforms.

Video Vortex will work just like the video rental stores you remember: After browsing the tapes you can pick out the movies you want to watch, rent them, then return them to the store after a certain number of days. Customers checking out DVDs and Blu-Rays will also have the option to return them by mail à la the early days of Netflix/the final days of Blockbuster. And because VHS technology isn’t as common as it was when video rental stores last dominated strip malls, Alamo is making another item available to rent: functioning VCRs, complete with RCA adapters.

Fans of all things retro will be have the opportunity to rent from Video Vortex when it opens early next year. Just don’t forget to be kind and rewind if you’ve fallen out of the habit.

[h/t Variety]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Jeff Koons's Puppy Sculpture, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Is Donning a Face Mask

Puppy by artist Jeff Koons is now sporting a face mask.
Puppy by artist Jeff Koons is now sporting a face mask.
Erika Ede/Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Artist Jeff Koons’s Puppy sculpture located at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain, has always been dynamic. The 40-foot-tall depiction of a West Highland Terrier is made of flower mantles that change with the seasons. From begonias and petunias in spring and summer to pansies in winter, it’s never exactly the same thing twice.

Now Koons is offering another variation on Puppy—a face mask made from flowers.

The addition was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s radically altered life for citizens worldwide and serves as a reminder that public health policy could save lives.

“What an honor it is to be able to have Puppy communicate the importance of wearing a mask during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Koons said in a press release. “A Bilbao resident sent me a letter asking if Puppy could wear a mask, which I thought was wonderful idea. I was thrilled that the Museum agreed as now Puppy, adorned with a mask made of white and blue flowers, can communicate the importance of wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

"One of the most important acts that we can make to each other during this pandemic is to share information on how we can protect each other. I can imagine that the Puppy has appreciated all of the love shown toward it and is so happy to communicate safety and well-being to the citizens of Bilbao and the world.”

Puppy has been in residence since the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in 1997. Koons has made a career of outsized sculptures. His Balloon Dog sold for $58.4 million in 2013.