AUSTIN, Texas — Vulcan Video is hoping to live a little longer and keep on prospering.
The 33-year-old Austin institution – a family-owned video store specializing in cult, foreign and classic films – has been struggling to keep operations going in a streaming-heavy world.
So, they started a GoFundMe campaign to encourage fans to donate to help them keep going and cover basic expenses like rent, utilities and wages. Since May 21, they've managed to raise $25,885 of their $35,000 goal.
To celebrate and thank their customers, Vulcan is throwing a party Saturday at 4411 Russell Drive starting at noon.
The "Damn the Man, Save Vulcan Video" party – so named in reference to a line from '90s cult hit "Empire Records" – will be a cinephile celebration featuring showings of"Ghostbusters," "Gremlins" and "Top Secret!", plus drinks provided by Thirsty Planet.
Any customers that strap on their proton packs and show up dressed as Ghostbusters will get a free Vulcan t-shirt and a raffle ticket.
Every movie rental will get you a free sticker – and if you open a new account, you can get your first rental free, plus a raffle ticket.
Finally, later on in the day, Vulcan GM Jacob Knight promises a "VHS Trash Action Double Feature" that will include movies that are "1000% more insane than PREDATOR."
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