A survivor of the new age of online streaming, Scarecrow Video is now one of two remaining video rental stores in Seattle, and by far the largest. Located in the University District, just a few blocks off the foot traffic-heavy University Ave, it’s my favorite place to duck into before a cozy night in.
Scarecrow is massive, a two story building with shelves upon shelves stuffed with films. Imagine Belle’s library in Beauty & The Beast, except instead of classic novels you find movies of every genre, from every part of the world.
Scarecrow’s collection, categorization and curation are what makes a visit so special, and stomp the Netflix experience into the ground. Films are organized by director, country of origin, genre, theme, literary influence and more. During holidays such as Halloween or Christmas, you can peruse a decorated horror section, or family-friendly Santa flicks.
The staff is always helpful in guiding my search for a new film, and events and viewing parties are hosted often. Scarecrow’s goal is truly to champion the art of film in the community, and I always leave renting something I’d never heard of previously.
Grab some rentals and a bag of gummy candy for a perfect, relaxed Seattle evening.