KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - For nearly three decades, customers have walked the aisles, read the backs of cases, and tried to decide which movie is the best for them. However, the movie store in Kilgore that outlasted even the local Blockbuster will soon close its doors.
Walter Florence, owner of Boomtown Video on E. Main in downtown Kilgore, said it was a decision that was a long time coming.
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"[I'm] old and tired," Florence remarked when asked about why he was closing after 30 years.
The store first opened in Oct. 1988. Back then, VHS was the hot ticket item in his stores.
"We had over 15,000 VHS' before they stopped making them," Florence said. "So, we started carrying DVDs and got up to 18,400 of those."
As of Wednesday, Florence still had more than 16,000 titles for sale. This includes older classics like "Roadhouse", all the way up to new releases from May. It's a safe bet you'll find anything you're looking for.
"Pretty much," Florence chuckled. "New movies, old movies, classics, westerns, comedy, action, thrillers, horror."
Most Blue-Ray DVDs will run your $7.50, and DVDs will cost around $5 each. Boomtown Video is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Florence said he'll close his doors for good once all of his movies are gone. If that doesn't happen at some point, he said he'll donate the remaining movies to a retirement home.
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