Gone are the days of driving to a video store and looking through the covers of various movies to find the perfect one to rent for nights. Now, with a dollar and about five minutes, the perfect movie can be found.
Redbox kiosks have been popping up all over the United States over the past few years. Currently, there are more than 20,000 Redbox locations throughout the country and more are being built each day. These locations are normally either inside or outside of gas station convince stores and grocery stores.
Abbeville currently has three Redbox locations: outside of Valero on Veteran’s Memorial, outside of Walgreens and inside of Walmart.
Essentially, Redbox is an entire movie rental store inside of a small kiosk. Each kiosk holds approximately 630 DVDs and are updated weekly with new releases.
Using a Redbox kiosk is quite simple. Movies are categorized by genre, ranging from horror to independent to romantic comedies and children’s. Movies can also be searched alphabetically. Once a movie is found, a person just needs to insert his or her credit or debit card, type in the area code of the card’s billing address and the movie is their’s for the night.
Movie rentals cost a dollar per day, and movies can be kept for as long as the renter chooses. The movies can be returned to any kiosk after being viewed; there is no need to return to the exact kiosk the movie was rented from.
Redbox also offers an online option for renters. Movie-goers who create an account on the Web site have two options. They have the option to purchase the movie of their choice. They can also search a particular movie, find which kiosk location has the film, and reserve it so it’s guaranteed to be there when they arrive.
Movie trailers can also be viewed on the Web site and new movie release dates are listed.