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‘Small-town sentiment’ drives video store fans

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From left: Ryle, Wes and Addie Violette in their Empire Video masks, made by a customer.

CRESWELL – Empire Video has been a staple of the community since its grand opening March 14, just two days after the first round of government-mandated shutdowns due to the pandemic.

Owner and movie enthusiast Wes Violette has an unmatched passion for films and familiarity for video stores that outlives brands such as Blockbuster.

And before you ask, yes, Violette is a fan of the infamous 1990 . . .

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