29-May-2018.  A sign of the times.  Sad news. … I remember when my daughters were in middle and high school they would rent movies from this store. …. a sign of the times. ….

“It’s the end of an era as the curtain comes down on Five Star Video on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, the city’s last surviving video-rental store.

Katz said his lease is coming up for renewal and he decided, even after having had a good year, that it was time to end his run, anticipating that sales would see more decline over the next year or so.

“Our regular customers are getting older and no-one is filling the vacuum on the younger end,” he said Tuesday.”

The store will close on June 17 to prepare for a liquidation sale to be held from July 13-15, according to owner Andy Katz who has been in business on Solano Avenue for a total of 38 years, six at Five Star’s current location at 1882 Solano (between The Alameda and Fresno).

After long run, Berkeley’s last video-rental store gets ready to close