This Seattle movie store has the biggest collection of titles in the country

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There aren’t many Seattle OGs left except for tech giants. Actually, you could say Scarecrow Video is an archive of old tech- VCRs, to be exact. Scarecrow has graced Seattle with its presence for 30 years. That’s pretty dang impressive, and they’ve been able to survive the introduction of streaming services. Clearly, this place deserves a visit.

If you’re not familiar with Scarecrow Video, they exist with one vision: to bring people and film together. The collection of over 130,000 titles began with a few hundred tapes in the back of a record store. Through the hard work of devoted caretakers, Scarecrow has gradually accumulated the largest independently owned video library in the country. Take that, Netflix!

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This place is more than a video rental store. It’s an important bridge for the film industry and media consumers. If you think you’re a film buff, try talking to one of Scarecrow’s scary-knowledgable staff. You just might find yourself compelled to go back to university for that film studies degree you never got.

If you walk in and happen to fall in love, they always need volunteers to help keep this machine going. Checking out a few titles from every genre under the sun might not be the worst way to spend these Seattle snow days. Just saying!


Where: 5030 Roosevelt Way NE