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Video Americain Charles Village Holds Candlelight Vigil Tonight

March 12, 2012

Patrons, employees, and other fans of the Charles Village location of Video Americain are holding a candelight vigil tonight (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)  to observe/mourn the store’s closing. It’s just a video store, you might find yourself thinking. Well, it is/was, but like the best brick-and-mortar video-rental stores, it was also sort of a community center for local film nerds, not to mention an indispensable resource thanks to its voluminous, carefully curated collection of films on tape and disc, including many titles nearly impossible to find elsewhere.

That collection will go on sale piecemeal starting Friday, March 16, when the store reopens to liquidate its stock. But tonight, at the end of the last night of the store’s nearly 20-year run renting Disney flicks and Godard films, vigil organizers invite you to show up and offer your respects: “Dress in black, bring flowers/candles/etc.”

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