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Larsen Video in Springville Calling it Quits after 33 years

Sep 06, 2019 09:34PM ● By Arianne Brown

Walking into a movie rental store is something many of us remember as part of our distant past. It was the good old days of taking home a movie to watch without the need to purchase it, all while experiencing great (human) customer service, and even running into a neighbor or two along the way.

With the birth of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and now countless others, the need for a rental store has become obsolete. One store in Springville, however, remained open even throughout the internet streaming boom —that is, until now. 

After 33 years and 27,000 customers, Larsen Video in Springville is closing, liquidating all of its movies for $1.99 each.

To the onlooker, the closing of this store may seem like a long time coming, but to many Springville residents, it represents the disappearance of an era, and a reminder of good memories had.

“Truly a Springville gem,” Cameron Conger wrote in a Facebook comment. “I remember being a child and saving up enough change to go rent a VHS and walk over to Polar King to get a twist cone. Thanks for all the great memories.”

“I spent many years in the military, and every time I came back to Springville, Larsen's was always there,” Tod Morgan wrote on the same thread. “No matter how long I was away, whenever I came back and went into the store, you always remembered my name. Definitely a Springville icon that will be missed.”

While owner, Leon Larsen also reminisced about the good old days, he’s at peace with letting it go.

“It had a good run, but when it’s done, it’s done,” Larsen said. “It wasn’t worth it to keep it open anymore, and we got an offer we couldn’t refuse, so we decided to sell the building. All good things come to an end.”

When asked what his plan is when the store closes, Larsen said that he was going to go home and rest a while. When asked if he was going to stream any videos, he politely said no, stating that he doesn’t subscribe to any movie streaming apps, but does enjoy a good Clint Eastwood movie.

There was no comment on who the next building owner would be, but Larsen was excited for the new adventure the 60-year-old building on Main Street would have. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)