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Rick Burns is saying goodbye to customers after 13 years as the last video shop in Byron Bay closes its doors for the last time this Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Are you a movie buff? Would you like to add to your collection some rare DVDs or perhaps there are some series that you can’t get on TV or streaming services that you’d like to get your hands on? Well you have until June 24 to get into Video Connection in Byron Bay to lay your hands on them.

Having run the story for thirteen years Rick Burns ,who runs the last video store in Byron Bay is finally calling it a day.

‘Originally we had 260m2 floor space and kids would play hide and seek for hours while parents ran into friends and would end up having a catch up,’ said Rick as he reminisced about the hey day of the store.

The closure of the cinema in the Bay and parking at Woolies has had a big impact along with the slowly declining client base as people move to streaming services. However, Rick points out that there are still a lot of movies and shows that aren’t available on streaming services and that he has had a good and loyal customer base that has enjoyed his 18,000 strong collection.

‘This is something people have always had and it is tragic to lose it,’ said one customer who was in collecting their DVD.

While the Mullum Video store has reduced its floor space the Brunswick Heads Video store is about to be featured in the New York Times and say they are still going strong.

‘We’ve been here for 23 years as a family business,’ said owner Rae Gentle. ‘We have two shop fronts  and we have a lot of clientele who use us as well as holiday makers who all come in – it is a bit of a novelty for them. We’ll hopefully be here for a few years yet.’

So if you would like to add to your collection rather than just hire now is your chance to get down to Video Connection on Jonson Street in Byron before all the best titles are gone.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Rick and family have always been incredibly kind and helpful to me. I went away for years, came back, and Rick remembered me and was his usual warm self. Thanks for everything! Thanks for your incredible contribution. We will miss you just as we will miss the good old fashioned DVD availability. Netflix is so overrated, so often I recommend a film to someone and they say ‘netflix doesn’t have it’
    Incidentally, Rick always reminded me of the late, masterful, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The photo above doesn’t quite capture it

  2. Rick and family have always been incredibly kind and helpful to me. I went away for years, came back, and Rick remembered me and was his usual warm self. Thanks for everything! Thanks for your incredible contribution. We will miss you just as we will miss the good old fashioned DVD availability. Netflix is so overrated, so often I recommend a film to someone and they say ‘netflix doesn’t have it’
    Incidentally, Rick always reminded me of the late, masterful, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The photo above doesn’t quite capture it.

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