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Retro arcade and VHS tape shop VideOdyssey Liverpool opening this weekend

by Summer Gedall. Published Fri 29 Jun 2018 10:00, last updated: 28/06/18

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A film fan convinced that VHS is beginning to make a comeback is set to open a new video shop in Liverpool.

The shop will boast an array of hard to find videos, never released on DVD, as well as foreign language films, independent films, and documentaries.

Unlike the average video shops from the late 80’s and 90’s, members will also have access via a sliding wall of VHS tapes, to a secret room where they can play an array of vintage arcade games, swap VHS tapes, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Video hire shops used to be a popular sight on UK highstreets, but with the rise of online streaming sites such as Netflix, they have now become a thing of the past.

Once a multi-million pound industry, video rental shops were soon declared beyond saving when blockbusters closed their doors for the final time in 2013 – and film fans came to the heart breaking realisation that VHS was officially dead.

But one man from Liverpool with a passion for film and armed with his own collection of VHS tapes is refusing to let film die.

After seeing vinyl make a revolutionary comeback, writer and video tape hoarder Andy Johnson has opened VideOdyssey – a classic video shop with a twist.

Be prepared to experience extreme nostalgia and revisit your childhood when you step into the city’s only VHS rental shop and take a trip down memory lane.

Tarantino fan Andy, wants to follow in the Pulp Fiction director's footsteps with a mission to save old films and fight back against the digital tidal wave, making it near impossible to shoot new movies on film.

He believes fans are craving a curated experience that doesn’t involve scrolling through endless lists of online movies, and that it's possible to buck the trend of online streaming services by giving customers an immersive film experience in a brick and mortar video shop.

Millions of hours of film are currently at threat of being lost forever due to video tape mould. Or simply being junked, with hundreds of thousands of tapes being thrown on the scrap heap, as they are unable to be recycled.

Based at the studio in Toxteth TV, on Windsor Street, Liverpool, the shop will offer vintage VHS players for rental alongside videotapes, private VHS screening rooms with regular curated cinema screenings, Q&As with directors and other events.

Owner Andy, 38, who used to work at the Apollo Video shop in Birkenhead, as a teenager, said he hopes this will be more than just a nostalgia trip for film fans.

He said: "The vast majority of people who have found out I'm opening a video shop tell me that I'm mad.

"But I believe the timing is right. A come back for the hard copy film format is on the cards.

In recent years, vinyl has made a huge comeback with fans wanting to hear their favourite tracks in their original form and Andy predicts that the same will eventually happen for film.

He continued: "It happened with vinyl, people want something they can touch and appreciate, its like artwork.

"VHS might not enjoy the same come back as vinyl has yet, but I've given a few friends a sneak peek and they've been blown away by the nostalgia of standing in a video shop.

"But I want it to be more than just a nostalgia trip. We're on a mission to save film.

"There are so many amazing films out there, that went straight to video or were never released on DVD.

"Not to mention the millions of hours of precious family memories in danger of being lost forever."

The shop is aiming to become mecca for hard copy films, with a VHS collector's convention and providing a creative breeding ground for film makers.

Andy added: "The curated movie and entertainment experience is being lost.

"Netflix is dropping films every week in favour of their original content, which is great for them, but what about movie fans who signed up to be able to watch classic films on demand.

"VideOdyssey aims to give people a place they can get their hands on their favourite movies and create an immersive experience.

"We are even planning to work with local film-makers and members to create their own straight to video movies, that can be watched and distributed through the shop."

VideOdyssey will have a opening party (with visitors allowed in to the members only area) on Friday 29th June... with a free film screening.


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"HI VHS fan I have about 70 VHS cassettes mostly classics such as Humphrey Bogart Bette Davis Alfred Hitchcock and John wayne love Old films" Kevin Smith, United Kingdom around 10 months, 1 week ago

"Hi I got friends series from 1 to 9 all in excellent condition would you be interested . Get in touch please Maria" Maria, E8 1HL around 2 years, 8 months ago

"Hi Andy, just wondered if you were interested in taking a few boxes of videos for free ,various films and comedy etc .Also can u collect?" Michelle Ledden, manchester around 3 years, 5 months ago

"Hi we have two boxes of vhs tapes just looking for a new home including Disney tapes too would you be interested ? " Sue Hall, Bucks around 3 years, 7 months ago

"hey Andy. know a guy by the name of Preston Isaac???? Me and a few others would like to have a word with him" Gerry O'Kane, Croxteth around 3 years, 7 months ago

"To continue-I don't want any thing for this. I'm down sizing moving etc.. would like to see the films go to a new life.. Quality sets. etc" Gordon Ayres, Hampshire around 3 years, 8 months ago

"I have a collection of classic Vintage movies. American- British- big Film Noir set 1940s some obscure stuff.. Hollywood musicals etc " Gordon Ayres, Hampshire around 3 years, 8 months ago

"I have over 20,000 Vhs tapes in perfect Condition. Every Genre. Many, never released on Dvd. A film collectors dream" Gary, Gr Manchester around 3 years, 8 months ago

"if you know anyone who comes to the isle of man, bring a van our local amenity site has at least 500 VHS tapes(not old scruffy) free for the" e.watson, isle of man around 3 years, 8 months ago

"Hey Up, Thought you' be interested to know, I have some VHS tapes if you'd like to have them. Yours Sincerely Mr William Chivers " William Chivers, Morley, West Yorkshire around 3 years, 8 months ago

"Hi Andy i have about 2 dozen john wayne VHS Videos would you be intrested in buying them many thanks clyde" clyde, wiltshire around 3 years, 9 months ago

"I have some videos. Don't want money for them. If you would like them I can send if you let me know the address." Maggie Thomas, Devon around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Do you transfer tape to Dvds and if so what price and where in Liverpool are you/ Linda" Linda Christy, Liverpool around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Hi Andy Have about 20 VHS machines different makes and models if you are interested in making an offer,can deliver." Bri, Manchester around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Hi, Andy I have a vhs- dvd plus freeview and 300 gb recorder. Would you be interested.? I used into transfer vids to dvd. Plus more items." Bill , Northwich Cheshire around 3 years, 10 months ago

"id love to vist your shop i have a vhs recorder still whats the adress im gonna make the trip over " sandra lee, Accrington around 3 years, 10 months ago

"Hi Andy I've got a variety of over 100 videos including a set of carry on films and a video player . Would you be interested in them? " Debbie carter, Ashton u lyne around 3 years, 10 months ago

"I am coming to Liverpool in September. I have 3 VHS players all in working order & 9 banana boxes of VHS tapes. Would you like them? Hele" Helen Brown, London around 3 years, 11 months ago

"An avid VHS collector. He has over 500 mint classic/rare VHS .He wants to sell at a low price.Needs space." Vanessa Savia, Ashford Kent around 3 years, 11 months ago

"I have loads of dvd,s some box sets plus 2 video players sony if you are interested." Caron, Skelmersdale around 3 years, 11 months ago

"Despite TV box , I retain & use TWO VCRs - 1 in use for extra recording. Record the few live programmes. VHS easier to use. GREAT idea Andy" Moyra, Hampshire around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I've about a dozen tapes ranging from the " Blues Brothers" to "When we were Kings" and a complete set of "Father Ted".Any interest? " tony clarey, norfolk around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have lots of original Videos from the 80's including the first "Now" videos from 1983 . Any interest in buying these ? " John mcgilley , West Sussex around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have approximately 500 pre-recorded VHS about 100 are classic horror some going back to the 70's. Plus many hours of recorded TV programs." Rodney Hill, Essex around 3 years, 12 months ago

"the debra charity shop in dundee has a whole load of video tapes would be worth a trip for tapes for your shop stock" DONALD KIRKBRIDE, cupar fife scotland around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have the original Cold Feet complete box sets if they are of interest. " Chris Williams, Southport around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have hundreds of vhs video including many Everton FC as well as films. Are you interested in buying them?" Tony Jerram, Parkgate, Wirral around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have complete collection of only fools and Horses VHS also boxed editions in special Tin Box,i would want to sell them,any offers" DAVE Hough, Bristol around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have a lot of videos a lot of Disney ones and they are all first editions varied catergoies all good condition would you buy them off me" Amanda tindale, Stamford lincs around 3 years, 12 months ago

"I have dozens of old vhs tapes if you want them for the collection, but you'll have to come & pick them up, posted would be massive." Chalky, Ware, Herts around 3 years, 12 months ago