Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Monday-Thurday, 12pm-8pm
Friday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm
Sunday, 12pm-7pm

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving Day, 12pm-6pm
Christmas Eve, 12pm-6pm
Christmas Day, Closed
New Year's Eve, 12pm-6pm
New Year's Day, 12pm-8pm

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Friday, February 24, 2012

78 Year Old Man Died in Montclair

It was in the news on the radio... a 78 year old man died in Montclair of an apparent homicide.  More bad news in Oakland's struggle to maintain law and order.  
Then, I saw the news on KTVU Channel 2 last night.  His name was Joseph Robertson. 
He was one of our first customers at Video Room when we started in 1983!
He was a gentle man.  
When we moved to Piedmont Ave and 41st St. in 1998, he would come to the store every day.
He worked only half a block down the street. An employee at the Montclarion till he retired... his story will probably be in the Montclarion this morning.
He loved movies, especially the classics.  He bought all the Laserdiscs he wanted.  He rarely rented. He told us many a time to stay in business because we were one of a few stores in the Bay Area that specialized in Laserdiscs. He also frequented other stores to buy Laserdiscs, keeping them afloat too. He probably had more Laserdiscs in his collection than our store.
We moved to our current location on Piedmont Ave near Pleasant Valley in 1993.  He followed us here but came less frequently.  He started collecting DVDs.
It was a news item... but now it has a face. Once you see a face, the news become personal.
We didn't get a Christmas card from him last December.
So, I'd thought the worst.  But he came in the store one Sunday in January,
I hadn't seen him for a long time. 
I greeted him... shook his hand for the last time.
May he rest in peace,
Joseph Lum
Pres - Video Room Inc.

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