Mr. Movies is closing its doors

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - It's one of the very last movie stores in the country as well as a staple in Rapid City, but now, Mr. Movies announced the closing of its doors.

Inside of Mr. Movies in Rapid City. (KOTA TV)

Years ago, thousands of movie rental chains were scattered around the world, but on Sunday, Mr. Movies stopped renting out films.

""It's the end of an era for sure. We're definitely sad but very appreciative that we were able to last as long as we did," said Rapid City's Mr. Movies Manager Jennifer Wyman.

On Thursday, July 11, everything goes on sale for 20% off.

Wyman said the discounts will increase week after week until all their inventory is gone.

"The family get-togethers that used to be, birthday parties and that from renting movies, it's sort of sad to see that all pass," said Customer Merilyn Novotny.

"It's kind of a disappointment honestly. There's only Red Box or the library now that you can go to rent from. Mr. Movies was the only place that you could (physically) go to rent a movie," added Customer Darcie McGregor Walker.

Wyman says she has many memories from working at Mr. Movies for eight years.

"I don't know if I can pick just one, but it's definitely all the memories of the customers, the people. That's I think what we all here are going to miss the most," said Wyman.

Mr. Movies owner Alan Flack will continue to manage his other businesses after the store closes.

The last Blockbuster in the world remains in Bend, Oregon.