Cinephile hotspot Videoport was located in Portland, Maine. But the tale shared in P3’s Videoport: A Short Doc will ring familiar to anyone who has fond memories of prowling the aisles of his or her favorite quirky indie video store, looking for a hidden gem or old favorite to pop into the VCR or DVD player.
When Videoport recently closed after nearly 30 years, Portland lost not just a place to physically rent movies, but a hub of offbeat culture that had become its own community over the years. Fortunately, there’s an unexpectedly happy ending (which isn’t just an isolated case!) The takeaway is that while viewing habits and technology may change, the love of cinema is something that will always endure.