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Celebrate Independent Video Store Day at Scarecrow

Eds Note: Video Store Day itself is over, but we hope the spirit of supporting local and independently owned businesses like ours lasts year-round. Thanks to everyone who visited the store that day and to all our customers in the neighborhood and around the world. If you haven’t already, please read this piece by our owner what being local and independent means to us at Scarecrow.


On Saturday, October 15th, neighborhood video stores across the US and Canada will come together for International Independent Video Store Day, a celebration of local and independent brick and mortar stores. It’s a great time to reflect on what independent and local mean to us at Scarecrow Video.


Scarecrow opened in 1988 with a simple purpose—uniting people with film. Being an independently owned store gives us the freedom to passionately pursue that mission. A corporate office doesn’t select our inventory to maximize profits and appeal to only the widest audience. The titles on our shelves reflect the eclectic tastes and voracious cinematic appetite of our staff and, most importantly, our customers. We’ll keep the Criterion Laserdisc of Dr. No if it’s the only way to hear a director’s commentary track, import the live action Space Battleship Yamato we were asked about at Sakura Con, make sure our copies of Let The Right One In have the good subtitles, and proudly carry movies made by our customers like Zombies of Mass Destruction. From Toy Story and the German cartoon Moomintrolls to Nagisa Oshima’s unrated In The Realm of the Senses and the adult parody of Star Trek, our independence allows us to bring you access to the richest array of film possible.


Our inventory is one reason we’re one of the largest and most reputable video stores in the country, but we wouldn’t be anywhere without our clientele. Being local means we have a vested interest in the well-being of our community. We offer a 2 for 1 rental coupon when you bring in a food donation to Northwest Harvest, give used videos to various AIDS charities, and support schools and other nonprofit organizations like KEXP, UW, and many others around town. But Seattle isn’t just where we live and work, it’s also where we see movies. Scarecrow is proud to be a part of and support the region’s thriving filmgoing and filmmaking community. We’re long time sponsors of and contributors to the Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and many other festivals, film series and movie events at Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Film Forum, and our neighbors up the street at Grand Illusion Cinema.


Another part of being local is our staff and the connection we have to our customers. Rental-by-mail, vending machines and streaming video are more convenient, but they can’t help you figure out if Poltergeist is too scary for your 10-year old, walk you through how to watch DVDs from other countries, or help you figure out which of the new releases will best match your viewing mood for the night. We’ve seen more and more people willing to settle for a limited range of options, diminished picture and sound quality, and longer waits to see films for the sake of convenience. The effects of those choices are increasingly eroding our ability to maintain the quality our inventory, support our staff, and contribute to the greater community. We can’t argue with easy access all the time, but if it becomes the sole factor in discovering movies then local, independent sources for film will disappear.


In the end, we do our best to provide products and services we believe are worthy of your patronage. If you value our resources, our knowledgeable staff, and our commitment to the community, we ask for your support. If you haven’t visited Scarecrow in a while, Independent Video Store Day is a great reason to come in and rediscover what we have to offer. Stop by the store on Saturday, October 15th for:

NOTE: The 50% OFF SALE on all our used DVDs & Blu-rays & VHS & Laserdiscs continues through Sunday, October 23rd.

* 50% OFF our entire inventory of used titles: DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS & Laserdiscs  This sale will continue through the week, but you'll want to come in early for the best selection.

* $3 OFF all our new DVDs & Blu-rays (excluding sale priced titles)

* PUNCH CARD SALE: Get 10 rentals for just $35, a savings of $10. We'll keep track of the rentals on your account as you use them and the rentals never expire. We’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds from the day’s punch card sales to REEL GRRLS, an organization that empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production with a variety of hands-on workshops for teenage girls in specific skills including animation, cinematography, script writing and more.

* Reel Grrls will be on hand during the afternoon filming testimonials about video stores & Scarecrow.

* Enter to win: 50 free rentals, a theater rental from Grand Illusion Cinema, prize packs from The Criterion Collection, Kino, Zeitgeist Films, & more.

* Browse a special rental section of movies recommendation by members of film & arts community of Seattle and beyond.


Scarecrow Video is extraordinarily grateful for the patronage of film lovers in Seattle and around the world. We hope you’ll join us in our continuing mission to unite people with film.

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