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Tuesday, Mar 11 2014 2:19 AM
Open Every Day of the Year 10am-midnight
449 State Street, Madison 53703 (608) 255-1994
Madison's Favorite Video Store Since 1985; Locally owned, Owner operated
Four Star is becoming a co-op!
Thanks so much to everyone who's contributed so far
We've heard from tons of supportive people who are very excited about Four Star's becoming a co-op. To everyone who has contributed or offered their fundraising and artistic talents, thank you so very much!
Help Four Star become a workers' co-op
We have some very exciting news about the future of Four Star Video Heaven. We, the staff of Four Star (Helen, Lewis, Matt, Brittany, Nick and Andy), are forming a worker’s cooperative! Current owner Lisa Brennan is looking forward to some well-earned adventure and change in her life, but would like to leave our inimitable library intact and available to Madisonians for years to come. Our lack of investment capital along with bank reluctance to lend to small businesses makes financing this venture with a traditional business loan unlikely. Four Star has turned a reliable profit since we moved to our location at 449 State Street two years ago, and we foresee our viability continuing far into the future.
Four Star has played an important role in Madison’s cultural landscape for many years. Roger Ebert once described it as “the most comprehensive and adventurous video store in all America.” We recently received a letter from a former patron that underscored the implications of those sentiments. He wrote to say: “I was struggling with my homosexuality, with so many difficult decisions ahead and I was lost; I didn’t know what to do or where to start. I found your store and, with it, your fantastic collection of indie and LGBT films. I revisited Madison last fall and panicked when I saw your old location empty, but was so relieved that you had merely moved. I’m so glad you are still in business, it meant the world to me. You made a real difference in my life.”
As a cooperative, we hope to engage with the Madison community even more than the store has done in the past. This would mean continuing our tradition of supporting area social, artistic, and nonprofit organizations, as well as building bridges to the broader Madison cooperative movement. We chose this particular business structure for two other reasons. One, it would be tryingly awkward for any one member of our tight-knit little group to assume power over the others. Two, profit is not our bottom line. The cooperative movement in the United States rests on a long tradition of putting communal welfare before private gain. We all like what we do here very much, and want to keep serving Madison in this capacity as long as it is feasible.
To that end, we plan to do our utmost to increase customer interactivity with the store and create a more welcoming space by remodeling the foyer into a research library/book store and lounge. Another top priority is redesigning our website along the model of a wiki so that Madisonians can log in and post reviews, comments, or ratings about the films in our collection. We’re also floating ideas for regular screenings, possibly at our store, possibly at other locations around town.
Our mission is fairly straightforward: to raise enough money – through donations, grants, and, if necessary, loans – to keep the doors open, lights on, and to maintain and improve our vast film collection. To this end, we are appealing to as wide an audience as possible with letters, emails, and our recently launched page on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo: Indiegogo. Please also feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, or comments that spring to mind at email@example.com.
Buy five movies for the price of two all month long!
It's time for our biggest used movie sale of the year! We're clearing space for our annual inventory process starting in March, so during February, you get three free movies for every two you buy. Box sets are half off their marked prices. The selection is amazing and always growing. There is no limit to the number you can buy at this price, so come early and come often.
New drop box open at Willy West
The fine folks at the Willy Street Co-op have just installed a drop box at the west side location, 6825 University Avenue in Middleton, to supplement the drop box we've had at the east side store for several years. The east side drop box has proven very popular, and the co-op staff tell us they've had many requests for the same option at the Middleton store. Thanks so much to the co-op for their generosity in supplying us with remote drop points!
Sprout for winter
We have a large selection of house plants, air plants, vertical growing system, seeds for plants that do well indoors, terrarium supplies, preserving supplies and books. Don't let the winter keep you from surrounding yourself with living things.
We are now located at 449 State Street
Despite the State Street address, our new storefront is located about a half block off State Street on Broom. There's a tea shop at the State Street corner of the building in which we're located, below Wasabi, next to Asian Kitchen, and across State Street from Mimosa and American Apparel. It's a very cool two story space with a spiral staircase and an elevator available for those who prefer not to use the stairs. Sprout has the front of the street level and Four Star sprawls out through the rest.
Try Four Star Unlimited!
Four Star Unlimited gives you unlimited rentals for one low monthly fee. Movies rented during their first 28 days in the store will be due in 5 days. All other movies are not subject to late fees. Watch as many movies as you like and explore our fantastic inventory at your own pace. Check out these great options:
*3 out at a time plus 10% off used movies: $17.99 per month
*4 out at a time plus 20% off used movies: $24.99 per month
*5 out at a time plus 30% off used movies: $29.99 per month
*Automatic damage protection on all subscription rentals: $3 per month
Coming Soon to Four Star Video Heaven
Blue is the Warmest Color
Come Back Africa
People of a Feather
Thor 2: The Dark World
12 Years a Slave
Untold History of the United States
Venture Brothers: season 5
Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire
Broken Circle Breakdown
Inside Lleywn Davis
Out of the Furnace
Kill Your Darlings
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr. Banks
Let the Fire Burn
Veep: season 2
Wolf of Wall Street
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
August: Osage County
Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug
I Am Divine
Big Bad Wolves