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516 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 384-0977

Urbana-Champaign's Best Independent DVD Rental store
(locally owned and operated since 1985)

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June 1, 1985 - June 1, 2015
Thirty years ago, when I started this business, I would have bet money Rentertainment wouldn't still be here today. Fast forward three decades, and Rentertainment and I are celebrating our 30th Anniversary! It's been a great run -- fabulous employees, amazing customers, tons of fun -- thank you all.
But now, as someone once said, "I'm ready to roll the end credits -- ready for the curtain call" -- it's time to do something else. As we firm up our plans to sell off Urbana-Champaign's very best collection of films, let me share with you some details of our transition:
• We'll keep getting new releases through the end of June.
• We will continue renting films through the end of July.
• We will start selling off our inventory on Monday, June 15th. Rather than price each film individually, we'll set a price (which will lower regularly) and sell everything at that price. A few box sets will be pulled and priced individually.
• If you have a block, use what you can/want between now and the end of July. Starting August 1st, we'll buy back any remaining block rentals.
More details to follow. Meanwhile, thanks again for a great three decades of That's Rentertainment!
Note: I have made a Closing Sale FAQ page to answer most of your questions.
Latest Sale Update ..
Friday, June 26th - Price Drop 2: Electric Boogaloo -- We're dropping the price on DVDs and BluRays again: now just $14.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). That includes TV series (sold by the season), Criterion titles (tons of DVDs and BRs left) and everything else in the store... except new releases -- we're not selling those yet. The very cool 9-disc CAV laser disc Star Wars Trilogy box (w/hardcover book!) went home with a lucky customer yesterday. Who knows what bargains someone will turn up today...
Monday, June 22nd - PRICE DROP! We're dropping the price on all DVDs and BluRays to $17.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). Some stellar deals were had last week and there are still plenty more in the store -- but, they are moving quickly. As they say, come early for the best selection...
Friday, June 19th - ... and the sale continues! I've seen some amazing stuff get bought in the last few days (Hands on a Hard Body, the DEFA set and all three of Kino's 2-disc Avant-Garde collections to name a few) and the University is in there right now picking out their 2nd pile of titles. If there's something you need to own, I'd suggest coming in sooner rather than later!
Wednesday, June 17th - The first few days of our sale have been a bit chaotic but overall seem to have gone smoothly. As predicted, a lot of the higher end/collectible stuff got scooped up first (although I am still finding super rare stuff as I scan the shelves). I was surprised to see the bulk of our Criterion Collection still intact (DVD and BluRay) -- I would have thought most of them would have flown off the shelves first thing. We'll keep everything at $19.95/ea for a few more days and will then drop the price a few dollars. Grab what you think is worth $19.95 now, come back later for cheaper stuff. The University will be back later in the week to make another giant pile. The first stack was mostly international titles, the out-of-print Disney stuff and a handful of rarities from throughout the store. And, we're still sorting through boxes of doubles, discs without cases, and single discs from TV shows -- that stuff will all go out soon.
Monday, June 15th - At 11am, we'll start selling our collection. We're still working out some of the details but the plan is to start by selling everything at $19.95/ea. After a few days, we'll drop the price a few dollars and sell everything at that new price for a few days. Rinse. Repeat. Grab what you think is worth $19.95 on the first day, come back periodically for cheaper stuff. We'll do this for the next two months, until everything is gone, or our space gets rented out from under us. We've pulled some of the super high-ticket items to price separately (like that awesome Criterion "Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" collection). We're also working with a few groups to sell chunks of our collection to various organizations and University libraries. And, we're still sorting through boxes of doubles, discs without cases, and single discs from TV shows. Who knows what else we'll find in the depths of Rentertainment!
That's Rentertainment Closing in the news:
The Daily Illini (June 8, 2015, Ben Lash)
The News-Gazette (June 2, 2015, Don Dodson)
(older Sale Udates can be found here)
Welcome Film Lovers...
Hello and welcome to That's Rentertainment -- the last locally owned and operated video store in the Champaign-Urbana / University of Illinois area. That's Rentertainment caters to film fans (and fanatics) who have grown tired of the typical Blockbuster fare. We specialize in International, independent, classic American and Art House films on DVD (with a handful of VHS tapes left over that have never been released on DVD). With almost 45,000 DVDs and just under 5,000 BluRay discs, That’s Rentertainment has the largest collection of movies in the entire Champaign-Urbana area -- if not all of Illinois. We get new movies every week -- if you want to be kept up to date about them sign up for our weekly e-mail update or check out our New Arrivals page. Membership is free (requiring only 2 photo IDs, or an ID and credit card) and rentals can be as cheap as $1.00 per disc. So, come on down and check out what you've been missing!
That's Rentertainment, Champaign, IL

Our Summer hours (starting Monday, May 18) are:
Monday - Thursday (11am - 8pm)
Friday (11am - 9pm)
Saturday (noon - 9pm)
Sunday (noon - 8pm)

This Week's New Release Message
Danny Collins
Get Hard
The Gunman
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Greetings everyone,

We got another small box of new releases this week but this time with a few more heavy-hitters: "Danny Collins" (w/Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine), "Get Hard" (w/Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart), "The Gunman" (w/Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba) and "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" (written and directed by David & Nathan Zellner; BR only). A couple of other titles also came in: "Last Knights" (w/Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman) and "Red Army" (the story of the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team). And, Friday we'll get "While We're Young" (w/Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts).

We will be closed on the 4th of July -- nothing will be due. And, while we'll be open our regular hours on Sunday, let's make that another "no films due today" day so anything rented on Friday won't be due until Monday (and, if you have a block, anything rented Wednesday, Thursday or Friday won't be due until Monday). Happy 4th!

Sale Update: Price Cut 2: Electric Boogaloo -- We've dropped the price on DVDs and BluRays again: now just $14.95/ea (unless otherwise marked, of course). That includes TV series (sold by the season), Criterion titles (lots of DVDs and BluRays left) and everything else in the store... except new releases -- we're not selling those yet. The very cool 9-disc CAV laser disc Star Wars Trilogy box (w/hardcover book!) went home with a lucky customer the other day. Who knows what bargains someone will turn up today? As a reminder, we will continue renting films through the end of July, everything (except new releases) is for sale right now, and if you have rentals left on your Block after we stop renting we'll buy them back from you (or you can use them towards purchasing films). Let me know if you have any questions.

Other than the 4th of July, we are now on our somewhat shorter Summer hours:
Monday - Thursday (11:00-8:00), Friday (11:00 - 9:00), Saturday (noon-9:00) and Sunday (noon - 8:00)

Have a great week...

Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)

(for this week's complete new release listing and previous week's listings click here)
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International Video Transfers: That's Rentertainment can transfer your PAL VHS tapes and DVDs to NTSC video and DVD. We can also make DVDs from your home videos (VHS, 8mm or MiniDV). Click here for more information.
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Miscellaneous Stuff
Gift Certificates
Give the gift that shows you don't care enough to give it a whole lot of thought -- Gift certificates are NOW AVAILABLE! Buy one for a friend, send one to your kid or be selfish and just get it for yourself. Available in any amount -- including any size Renter-Block.

What's the "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"?
Right when you walk into Rentertainment, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's about 2' x 2') sitting where the Pepsi machine used to sit. We call it the "Itty Bitty Bike Shop". It's got all the basics for your commuting needs: chain lube, inner tubes, lights, multi-tools, patch kits, some reflectors, tire levers, water bottles, locks, and, of course, the Urbana-Champaign Bike map. We've also got a pump (schrader and presta) in case you need some air. Ride safely! We've got lots more stuff at the main IttyBittyBikeShop (tucked away just north of Downtown Urbana in Parasol Records)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
Quite a few years ago (2007!) I decided to watch the entire Essential Art House box set -- one film per week in the order presented in the box, alphabetical chronological order. I wrote one paragraph reviews of each film as I watched them. If you want, you can read the reviews here.

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