UPDATE: The Movie People In Lakefield Is Closing

[UPDATE: December 5th, 2016] We wrote last January (see original post below) about a movie store, The Movie People in Lakefield, Ontario, that was somehow thriving in the age of Netflix. Sadly, it is now closing—one of the last remaining movie rental stores in the Kawarthas. Owner Kevin J O'Callaghan tells PTBOCanada he is devastated but the decline in business over the past year has been dramatic and he doesn't see it ever turning. "With the number of people buying Android boxes and Netflix continuing to expand its library, we couldn't fight that," he says. What's also sad for Kevin beyond losing his store—his passion—in this community he loves is the number of old movie classics from various eras that consumers will no longer be able to view, from Rebel Without A Cause to A Clockwork Orange. Those movies are not as readily accessible anymore on new age tech movie platforms, and are an important part of pop culture history.

Watch the heartfelt announcement from Kevin below in this Facebook video he posted...

ORIGINAL POST (January 19th, 2016):

It may be the age of Netflix but don't tell that to a locally owned and operated movie rental store in the small community of Lakefield, Ont. near Peterborough.

Indeed, The Movie People has not only survived the glut of movie rental store closures—from big box to ma and pa—in the digital age but is thriving through great customer service, diverse selection, pop culture expertise and community love.

Owner Kevin J O’Callaghan tells PTBOCanada that they have been in business since 2010—having moved here from Toronto where Kevin left a corporate career.

"We chose Lakefield as there was an existing movie chain going out of business, and we bought the fixtures and rented the space and started over with our own brand of movie rental store," Kevin says.

While there is no question more people are getting their movies on demand from the comfort of their living room, Kevin tells PTBOCanada his store has not been impacted.

"We have not seen a decline in rentals over the past four years," he says. "We have a very large selection of TV shows, new releases and thousands of older titles—indie films, documentary, classics and so much more. Netflix doesn’t affect us as much as you hear on the street. The Bricks and Mortar store is still a very important part of our community. People like to communicate with other neighbours and friends about their choices and pics for movie night!"

"We have new titles every week that would not be on Netflix and that are much more expensive on pay per view avenues," Kevin tells PTBOCanada. "Ninety nine percent of our titles are available for 7 days rental—the only one day rentals are just the new movies of the week and last week's titles."

Owner Kevin O’Callaghan

Owner Kevin O’Callaghan

Interestingly, TV shows are a very large part of The Movie People's rentals. "Not everyone has access to the particular stations and binge watching is very big," Kevin explains. In other words, traditional media is now being consumed in non-traditional ways. You can watch TV shows by going to the movie rental store.

Customer service is huge at this store, the demographics are wider than you might think, and cottagers coming up to the Kawarthas from the GTA love it.

"We engage every customer in the store and we are known for our warm customer approach and knowledge of the industry," Kevin tells PTBOCanada. "Our demographics are every age group, not just one.  When the customers from Toronto and other larger cities come, they are the happiest of all our customer groups as they are still in love with the movie store."

At the end of the day, it's all about community support. "We all have to support small local businesses in our area," Kevin says.

—By Neil Morton

To learn more about The Movie People, go to their website, Twitter page or Facebook page.

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Here's The Lineup For Ben vanVeen Century 21 Summer Family Film Series At Millennium Park

Here's The Lineup For Ben vanVeen Century 21 Summer Family Film Series At Millennium Park

Love these nights under the stars

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The Trent Film Society Presents Snowpiercer At Market Hall

Catch Bong Joon-ho's science fiction adventure Snowpiercer (2013) starring Chris Evans (Captain America) at Market Hall for free, thanks to the Trent Film Society.

When: Wednesday, March 18th at 8 p.m.

Movie: Rated R, 126 mins

"Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway."
Watch the film's trailer here...

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Trent Film Society Is Showing "The Room" One of the Worst Movies of All Time (So Everyone Go See It)

The Room ranks down there on many lists as one of the worst movies of all time (3.5 on IMDB)—Entertainment Weekly has called The Room "the Citizen Kane of bad movies". It also ranks up there as one of the best movies of all time to make fun of and quote (in other words, a movie you love to hate)...

“You're tearing me apart, Lisa!” - Tommy Wiseau. Writer, Director, Producer and main star of The Room

The Trent Film Society is showing the movie for free this Wednesday (January 21st) at 8 p.m. at Market Hall. This dreadful film is rated 'R', but will have you wanting to throw the football around with friends, and laughing at how bad it is. Oh Hi, Mark.

In preparation to watch it, here is the trailer and scenes from the movie...

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2015 ReFrame Peterborough Film Festival Details Announced

2015 ReFrame Peterborough Film Festival Details Announced

Amazing films showing!

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Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas One Of 29 Select Theatres To Screen Game Of Thrones Season Finale

The Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas is one of 29 select theatres in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada that will be screening the Season Four finale of the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.

The finale airs there Sunday, June 15th show at 9 p.m. The $10 admission for this "fan event" includes a $10 concession voucher, Game of Thrones giveaways and a preview of upcoming programming courtesy of HBO Canada.

Tickets are available only in person at the box office of participating theatres.

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Summer Family Film Series At Millennium Park Kicks Off June 20th

The Ben vanVeen Century 21 Summer Family Film Series will have free movies showing at Millennium Park, and starts up June 20th.

Movies start showing at 8:30 p.m., and don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for Kawartha Food Share.

The 3 films showing are as follows:

  • June 20th - E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • July 4th - Frozen
  • August 15th - The Amazing Spiderman 2

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The 10th Annual ReFrame Film Festival Starts January 24th

The 10th Annual ReFrame Film Festival runs Friday, January 24th to Sunday, the 26th. Peruse the list of movies that will be playing this year, and purchase tickets for the shows (or a pass for the entire Festival).

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What About A Walk In Drive-In For Peterborough?


Recently I attended an outdoor movie, smack-dab in the heart of Toronto. The documentary Lost Rivers was screened for free on the grass of Toronto's Fort York. All you had to do was bring a blanket.

While sitting there, amongst the din of the traffic and Go Trains, and looking at the condos surrounding the historical site, I found myself rather impressed that hundreds of people would come to an event like this. Sure, you are prone to the elements (so is Peterborough Musicfest), but watching a movie on a 40-foot inflatable screen (provided by Fresh Air Cinema) while the rest of the world bustles by was kind of magical.

There were multiple local vendors of food and drinks and the event went off without a hitch. People were allowed to bring dogs, and although there was an occasional smoker, I really had no complaints.

I understand the difficulties of affording a digital projector, and paying for first run movies, and I do appreciate the nod to the historic times of the traditional Drive-in. That said, I think in today's fast paced world, a "Walk-in" is a nice idea (not to mention environmentally-friendly) where you can roll out a blanket and enjoy conversation and the city around you with strangers while taking in a flick.

So what about trying something like this in Peterborough?  


[Update: As was brought to our attention after this post, there are kids movies at Movie Nights in the Park at Nicholls Oval.]

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"Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" Playing At Peterborough Library Movie Night

Tomorrow night (Thursday) is movie night at the Peterborough Public Library.

They will be showing Rise of the Planet of the Apes at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is free and there is no need to RSVP.

The movie is 105 minutes long and is rated PG.

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