Video stores have vanished practically overnight. My VCR doesn't work anymore and I worry that I might not even be able to find a functioning dual-standard machine to transfer the many tapes I have of things that remain impossible to locate on DVD. Video may not even be 'residual media' today. It's hard not to be startled by this set of photos of the places that once nourished our cinematic dream life. In addition to this collection of photographs, here's a great issue of the recently established journal Media Fields, from University of California Press, which recently featured a fantastic article, by Brian Jacobsen and Joshua Neves, about Video stores in Paris.
Charles Acland's great anthology Residual Media raises useful questions about what happens when media drift into a liminal space. Stores like Miracle Video have not survived this shift: Is that because of the death of Video or because of a changing framework for public and private in Western cities?