Ribbon cutting for video store

Howard Hughes Video in Moscow was rebranded as the Main Street Video Cooperative in 2018.

The Main Street Video Co-op, formerly Howard Hughes Video, closed its location at 520 S. Main St. in Moscow in 2020 after more than 30 years of business. It was the last independent video store in Moscow.

Like other video stores across the country, its decline was fueled by the widespread adoption of streaming services in recent years, and accelerated by revenue losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At their peak about two decades ago, approximately 30,000 video stores operated in the U.S., according to Robert Perret, University of Idaho Special Collections librarian. By 2020, there were roughly 2,000 video stores remaining.

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