Go, ahead. Take your swipes. Yes, it’s not exactly news that a home video store is going out of business. And, yes, it might be news that it still existed, at all. But it is, indeed, CHS news that a business owner with more than three decades in the community is calling it quits. Here’s the statement from owner Paul Dwoskin about his decision to close Broadway Video:
After 30 years of business, Broadway Video has made the difficult decision to close its doors. The last day of operations for the store will be Monday, March 17. Broadway Video began life in the back of Bailey/Coy Books, another shuttered Capitol Hill independent, in 1984. In 1986 the store moved into its Broadway Market location and in June of 2012 moved in to its current location at 512 Broadway E. A fixture in the Capitol Hill business community and the Seattle LGBT community Broadway Video has been serving the needs of cinema lovers faithfully for three decades. Paul Dwoskin, the owner has been the president of the Broadway Business Improvement Area and was a founding member of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on the revitalization of Broadway which produced the Broadway Vitality Action Agenda in 2007. He has served as the chair of the Chamber’s Clean & Safe committee, heading up the annual Clean Sweep event that brings hundreds volunteers out every Spring to clean up the retail districts of the neighborhood. Broadway Video has been an active supporter of the Seattle Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the Greater Seattle Business Association and many other community organizations.
Broadway Video’s original home, the much-loved but Amazon-challenged Bailey Coy Books, went out of business in 2009. Owner Michael Wells, by the way, went on to head the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. The store was part of the Broadway Market shopping center before making way for BECU and Wells Fargo in 2012.
We don’t know what’s next for Dwoskin who has been a busy leader in the Broadway business community but he joins a group of Capitol Hill business owners who have shuttered video stores in recent years as big chains also pulled the plug on Capitol Hill stores. Netflix and online services have continued to grow while in-person rental has been delegated to red-boxed robots.
The closure leaves On 15th Video as the last dedicated movie shop on Capitol Hill.