Friday, March 10, 2006

Silver Spring: Back in the Day - Part Two

Welcome to the second installment of my “Silver Spring: Back in the Day” series!


Back in the Day: Erol’s Video
Now: Thrifty Rent-a-Car
Location: 1008 East West Highway

Remember Erol’s Video? The videocassettes came in those giant boxes- red for VHS, black for Betamax. (We had Beta…) The Erol’s Video chain is long dead, having been purchased and decommissioned by Blockbuster back in 1991. For a while after that, Erol’s had a pretty good Internet service business going until it was bought out by RCN in 1998. I wonder what the Erol’s people are doing now. Probably sitting around somewhere counting their money.

Anyway, there used to be an Erol’s Video tucked back in an alley that connected East West Highway and Kennett Street in south Silver Spring. It was a strange location, but that never stopped my friend and I from hanging out there for over an hour hoping that someone would return the movie we wanted to rent. If that didn’t work, we’d sometimes get our parents to drive us over to the Erol’s location in Wheaton to look there. This small, windowless building, which would be dwarfed by the current Blockbuster and Hollywood Video stores, is still there and serves as a Thrifty Rent-A-Car outlet.

The next installment of the Silver Spring: Back in the Day series will deal with the three now-defunct record/CD stores that used to operate in Silver Spring. In the meantime, be sure to check out previous entries:

Part 1



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