The Best Video Stores in Toronto
The best video rental stores in Toronto are world class havens filled with cult films and blockbusters. With streaming services like Netflix cornering the at home movie watching market, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find well-stocked video stores. Luckily, these shops, have managed to stand the test of time and carry flicks you just can't find on the internet.
Of course, if you're a seasoned film buff looking for an expansive collection, you can always check out the TIFF Film Reference library, it may not be a rental store per say, but it's collection blows most shops out of the water.
Here are the best video rental stores in Toronto.
With locations at Queen and Spadina and The Annex, this shop is keeping the tradition of video renting alive by offering a ton of titles not available on Netflix and Shomi. The store boasts an astronomically large library of DVDs and Blu-rays for customers to browse through, with everything from classic films to contemporary TV shows lining their shelves.
This Mirvish Village store has been crafting its massive video and memorabilia collection since 1991, filling its shelves with books, magazines and collectors items. Movies continue to be the main draw of the store, with a vast collection of everything from sci-fi flicks to quirky foreign films.
Eyesore Cinema is much more than your average video store. The West Queen West shop sells books, magazines, t-shirts, and handmade baked goods, while also renting out videos. Their inventory offers rare, out of print DVDs that you definitely won't be able to stream online. The shop also curates movie screenings at bars like Tequila Bookworm so that you can watch niche flicks with like-minded film buffs.
If you want variety, look no further than this store near Bay and Bloor. They stock over 26,000 DVD and 3,000 Blu-ray titles, giving customers ample options to choose from. On its shelves you'll find everything from The Avengers to Bette Davis classics. Every two months they also run a Films for Free program, where customers can explore hand-chosen flicks free of charge.
In operation since the mid 80's, this well-loved video mecca near Avenue and Lawrence knows its stuff. The two floor shop has been divided by genre, with the upper floor housing kid-friendly and contemporary flicks and the lower level housing classics. Its vast collection includes titles like Pirates of the Caribbean, Who's Line Is It Anyway?, Dracula, and more.
7-24 Movies & More is where to go in the Church-Wellesley Village if you're on the hunt for a new film. Open since 1998, the store has grown to stock over 20,000 titles (and is still growing). It currently boasts Toronto's largest collection of LBGT-oriented films, but also has solid collections of Canadian films, documentaries, and foreign flicks.
This Mirvish Village shop is the resident supplier of all things vintage. Expect to find everything from Shakespearian feature films to World War documentaries. Along with its impressive selection of videos, you'll find a unique collection of original film posters, die cast plane and tank models, and a few historical helmets.
This Bloor West Village mainstay may not flaunt the most expansive collection, but it has everything you'll need for a good movie night. Its library is filled with mostly older releases, plus a few contemporary titles. The staff is known to be extremely knowledgeable about movies and are always happy to give out recommendations.
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