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Why these free movie kiosks are popping up in Richmond neighborhoods

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 19:05:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you're nostalgic for video and DVD rentals of sorts, you can get your fix in three Richmond neighborhoods.

The group Free Blockbuster RVA has set up kiosks in Church Hill, Oregon Hill and The Fan so folks can trade movies with other neighbors.

People can bring their unwanted movies or video games to the blue kiosks stamped with the iconic Blockbuster Video logos and swap them for something else that catches their eye.

The people behind the project said they saw the concept in Los Angeles and wanted to try it out in the River City.

"Please help yourself to popcorn and candy while you check out a selection to bring home tonight!" reads a May 23 post on the group's Instagram account. "Make it a Blockbuster night!"

The first kiosk popped up in mid-May at 2707 E. Marshall in Church Hill.

The two others are located at 400 S. Pine Street in Oregon Hill and 403 Strawberry Street in The Fan.