Silver Screen Video may be one of the last of its kind in Kitsap County, but it’s not going anywhere.
The video and DVD rental store will carry on under new owner and movie enthusiast, Colin Randall.
After 25 years of business, former owner Jerry Clark considered drawing the curtains on the shop last year.
Public outcry over the island favorite, however, stopped its closure in its tracks. Instead, the shop was moved to a smaller location off Hildebrand Lane, behind the Island Village Shopping Center.
“We moved, and people just assumed that we closed,” Randall explained of the store’s transition.
“I thought it would be a shame for it to be closed down.”
Clark handed the reins the next year to one of his most trusted employees, and Randall expects to bring Silver Screen Video back into the limelight.
“These days, the big problem is the streaming services,” Randall said.
“Online streaming services are very convenient and take a good portion of the business, but they don’t offer very much selection and browsing experience.”
For example, Randall said, Netflix has just four Robin Williams movies. Silver Screen has dedicated a new section with 46 Williams titles.
“Initially what people thought was that this digital revolution would be increasing selection, but it’s not,” Randall said.
“It’s just giving enough to put stores out of business. Some is all you can get now.”
The sections Silver Screen has, though, are tailored to Bainbridge to be just what people on the island like, plus some.
“Rather than just having comedy, we have classic ’80s comedy or a Tom Hanks section,” Randall added counting off several other comedian actors who have dedicated sections in the store.
Silver Screen is upping its browsing experience to emulate more of a book store in the way it has singled out film favorites by actor, genre and generation.
“It’s so amazing to see them all in one place,” Randall said.
Movies and Randall have always gone well together.
After a year and a half as a legal assistant, Randall moved to Bainbridge Island after college. He spent a lot of time in video stores and worked at Silver Screen on and off, never quite able to walk away.
Atop the allure of films, he saw the role Silver Screen played in the community.
“It’s fun to be able to see people around, talking to folks is the best part,” Randall said of seeing regulars inside and outside the store.
Silver Screen also donates to movie night for the swim center, the teen center and some of the retirement homes on the island. The store also gives away DVDs for charity raffles and fundraisers.
“Most places don’t have a video store anymore,” Randall said. “The only options they have are the limited selections they’d get at a Redbox or online. If they want to see an old favorite, they can’t.”