But just as Baltimore welcomed back two old friends, it lost a third. In August, Video Americain, Baltimore's premier video rental store, announced it would close for good in 2014. The Cold Spring Avenue location is the last remaining outpost of what had once been a six-store chain co-founded 30 years ago by Barry Solan. Video Americain was put out of business by a combination of Netflix, Redbox machines and streaming technologies. In its heyday, film buffs could count on finding even the most obscure titles, and John Waters once suggested the death penalty for the "crime" of failing to rewind a VHS tape. Last month, Solan began selling off the store's 35,000-film inventory.
Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun