Red Box Offers Movie Rentals In Local Stores

By Brad Barnett

July 15, 2010 Updated May 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM CDT

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood has made its way to the Peoria area in a box.

There's a new kid in town competing for your entertainment dollar. Its name is Redbox.

Raeann Bowen said, "It's a heck of a lot cheaper than going to the rental place and paying four dollars for a rental."

Bowen says when she's stocking up on groceries she also likes to grab a movie.

"When it first came out I used it maybe three to four times a week."

The fully automated DVD rental kiosk charges one dollar for every night you keep a movie. The red box hold approximately 500 movies and lets you choose from a selection of the newest films.

Cub Foods' Assistant Store Director Doug Strough said, "It's very current...as new movies are released, they're out."

It's really fairly simple to navigate the touch screen machine...to start you press find a DVD...make your movie selection, swipe a debit or credit card...and out comes your movie.

The store director at Cub Foods says they got the machine as a convenience for customers.

"A customer service thing more than anything...that way you can rent new videos. So many people are looking for one place just to shop and pick up their needs," said Strough.

You can also log on to redbox-dot-com select a location and reserve a movie to be picked up later.

There are currently 3 locations in the area. Two are at the Cub Foods grocery stores in Peoria the other at County Market in Pekin.

And when its time to take your movie back you can return it to any of the Redbox locations across the nation whether it's here in Peoria or even as far as New York or California.

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