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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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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 over 4,500 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 regular hours are:
Monday - Friday (10am - 10pm)
Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 10pm)
Special Winter Break Hours

From Sunday, December 21 - Sunday, January 18...
Monday - Thursday (11am - 9pm)
Friday - Saturday (11am - 10pm)
Sunday (noon - 9pm)
Wednesday, December 24 we'll close at 8:00
Thursday, December 25 we won't be open at all
Friday, December 26 we'll open at noon
Wednesday, December 31 we'll close at 8:00
Thursday, January 1 we'll open at noon
(we'll go back to regular hours when the dorms open up)

This Week's New Release Message
Magic in the Moonlight
The Maze Runner
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This is Where I leave You

Greetings everyone,

No, not the Great Impasta, too?!?! Sadly, Harold and Nancy have announced they're closing one of my long-time favorite local restaurants at the end of the year. The Great Impasta has been in business for over 30 years and was always a go-to place for Renter "business lunches", my family's gatherings and our celebrations -- great food in a casual setting. I'll miss the Mediterranean bread loaf, the Mediterranean pasta salad (w/tuna) and The Great Impastanoff, but I'll mostly miss having the Great Impasta in Downtown Urbana -- there is nothing else like it. Best of luck with whatever comes next, Harold and Nancy!

This week's biggest new releases include: "Magic in the Moonlight" (Woody Allen's new one w/Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver), "The Maze Runner" (w/Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (w/Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner and Whoopi Goldberg) and "This is Where I leave You" (w/Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, etc). Also, a few new documentaries: Altina (about the artist Altina Schinasi), Disruption (climate change), Levitated Mass (Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture), Pay 2 Play (Democracy's High Stakes) and Spark (a Burning Man story). On TV we picked up: Americans S2, Doctor Who S8, Drunk History S1&2, Extant S1 and Law & Order S17. And, in the "we used to have it but I don't know where it is now" category, we once again have Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn's action-packed romantic-comedy chase film, "Bird on a Wire" (1990). You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Winter Break Hours: We'll be opening a bit later and closing a bit earlier for the next few weeks. Starting on Monday (Dec 22nd), here's what our hours will look like: Monday-Thursday (11-9), Friday-Saturday (11-10) and Sunday (noon-9). We'll close early (8pm) on the 24th and 31st and open late (noon) on the 26th and 1st. We'll be closed altogether on Christmas Day (Dec 25th).

Ever since the first season was released, "Games of Thrones" has been the top renting series in our TV Section. If you still haven't seen it, it's worth watching -- but you really have to pay attention! There are currently three seasons available (Season 4 comes out February 17th) -- but, be careful, some folks have been known to binge-watch all available episodes in one sitting. Kevin Spacey's political-revenge-thriller, "House of Cards", comes in 2nd followed by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's police-drama-thriller, "True Detective". The balance of the Top 10 are all great television: "The Good Wife", "Breaking Bad", "Homeland", "Elementary", etc. and the rest of the Top 100 could easily keep you entertained for years to come. There is so much great television on the air these days -- a lot of it better than many movies! Here are the top renters from the Television Section for the past year...
(a longer version of this list and more "Top 100" lists can be found here)

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)
Renter News -- not all about film but all of interest...

Illinois Green Business Association Certifies That's Rentertainment as a Green Business!
With assistance from the Illinois Green Business Asociation, That's Rentertainment continues to implement as many energy saving, waste reducing and environmentally friendly practices as possible. After working with the IGBA for the past few months, we are pleased to be their 4th Certified Green Business in Champaign-Urbana (the first three businesses to be certified were the International Society of ArboricultureB. Lime, and Ippatsu Salon). You can read more about the process and what we do to reduce, reuse and recycle right here.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The 2012 Parkland College Graphic Design Poster Project
The Parkland Poster Project is hung! This year, one of Professor Paul Young's assignments for his Parkland College Graphic Design III class (GDS 222) was to re-imagine popular movie posters in the style of Jason Munn, an American Graphic and Poster Artist. The class ultimately came up with 16 posters we thought would represent That's Rentertainment well. You can see the posters here, or better yet, stop by the store -- they are all on display. Here's a sampling...

Introducing "The Itty Bitty Bike Shop"
If you've been in our store lately, you may have noticed what might very well be the smallest bike shop in the world (right now it's 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, and, of course, the Urbana-Champaign Bike map. We've also got a pump (schrader and presta) in case you need some air. By the way, 10% of all sales will go to and another 10% will go to The Bike Project in Urbana. Ride safely! (link)
Itty Bitty Bike Shop

What's up in the local world of cycling?
1) Are you a bicycle commuter, interested in becoming a bicycle commuter, or just love joining groups? Check out -- tons of information (including routes and maps) and super nice folks.
2) The Priarie Cycle Club has started their spring rides. Check out their web site for more information.
3) We've got a Cycling in Film list posted and here's a bunch of links to other cycling related stuff
4) Next time you are at Renter pick up a "Watch for Bikes" t-shirt -- now in "don't hit me" neon green!!!
5) And, we've made it easier than ever to stay hydrated while riding with the official That's Rentertainment water bottle. Check 'em out here.


Welcome "Urbana-Champaign Bike Ride!"...
We've started a new web site --! You'll find some route maps (and a few cue sheets), some local cycling links, and a Google group for setting up spur of the moment impromptu bike rides. Check it out, join the mailing list and get out on your bike... it's fun.
Champaign County Bike Map
This week at the farmer's market, Champaign County Bikes held a press conference to announce the release of the all new Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map. According to the good folks at CCB, "20,000 copies will be made available at local bike shops, fitness centers, other retailers, and public buildings throughout the communities. 10,000 copies will be distributed on the University of Illinois campus." Maps can picked up at various locations in Champaign-Urbana... including That's Rentertainment! (link)

Champaign-Urbana Area Bicycle Map

Essential Art House Films: 50 Years of Janus Films
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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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.

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.

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