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Le Video, San Francisco's premiere videotape and DVD rental store, was founded in 1980. The owner/founder had fallen in love with cinema while watching the late show on TV as a young girl in France, and had developed her passion during many late nights at the Cinematheque at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. After moving to San Francisco, she looked for some of those old B-movies and Foreign films on videotape. Discovering that most rental outlets were only interested in Hollywood blockbusters, she decided to hunt down the eclectic videos she wanted to see, and rent them to others from a small section in the photography supply store she owned. Eventually the video rental business outgrew the photo supply business, Le Video, Inc was born. Over time Le Video has expanded to include more than 90, 000 rentals, served for a brief period as a part-time, weekend SPCA adoption center, and was featured in an episode of the TV show "Nash Bridges." In the early nineties, as new buyers were brought into the store, we began to acquire an unparalleled collection of cult, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Independent films to complement our classic and foreign selection. Despite our growth, we are still dedicated to the same mission that inspired the owner to put those first films out on her shelf at the photo supply store: Providing a comprehensive film selection that also features esoteric, underseen, underappreciated, and hard-to-find films that deserve to be seen. We search all over the world for movies that you can't find anywhere else, so that people who feel as strongly about movies as we do have a place to find the movies they love, and discover new cinematic passions. What began as a labor of love has garnered the attention of many in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the local film communities and news publications. Le Video has received a variety of accolades and awards over the years, and here are a few of the most recent.
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Inner Sunset, Central West San Francisco, Southwest San Francisco
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Hooray! One WEEK rental and new LOW late fee

WOW! what a surprise when I walked into the store for my weekend addiction... LV is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a bang! They DID listen to their customers and have improved 100% in regard to their past late fees. To start with all non-new releases are now ONE WEEK rental and if that was not enough, the extra days are just 2 bucks and they've extended the return from 7:30 PM to their closing time. I'm a happ... view more

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great almost one stop shop!!!

Awesome video store!!!  They have the best variety of old classic movies and foreign movies in all of San Francisco!!  They're late fees are aweful so make sure to bring movies back on time.  But other than that, they're great!!  Also, Gordo's is right next door, so if you want to get movies and Mexican food to bring home, then it's a great almost one stop shop!!!

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your company is great!

my friends and i decided to go on a cruise and to get us in the mood, i wanted to rent cruise-related movies. a couple of titles came up after googling, and after calling 2 blockbusters and 1 hollywood, only le video had it in stock. in dvd and vhs, my choice. keep up the good work. your company is great!

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Good selection, terrible rental policies

Yeah, they have everything but they only rent videos for three days and they won't hold anything for you over the phone. They are arrogant and expensive. I'd love to support independent video, but I also think $4.00 for three days sux.

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good when blockbuster does not have it

this palce has everything!!! i love the huge selection. the only problem is that they charge the full rental price for everyday tht something is late. and, it adds up very quickly. rental periods are also short, which is annoying. but, they have films you will not find outside of los angeles. check out their rockin sexploitation section!

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Punitive Policies

While their selection is extensive, Le Video is not user-friendly. Besides their high late fees, their credit policy is terrible. I purchased a video there and returned it, unopened and with the receipt, about 2 hours later when I found it at another local store for quite a bit less. They insisted on giving me a store credit rather than refunding the cash I had paid. To make matters worse, I returned several mont... view more

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They have it all

They're yet to not have what I'm looking for. Plus, It seems like every time I go in there, the have more DVDs. They're staff seems to know what your looking for too, as long as you can provide enough info about the fiilm you want, and not just, ""that movie with that guy in that place where the stuff happens."" Make sure that you bring your stuff back on time though, because the late fines are stiff. A definate ... view more

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what a mess

This place is bad news if you don't know what you want to rent. DVDs are crammed tightly together on shelves 8 feet tall with the spines facing out . Trying to scan an imposing wall of tiny spines is not a task for the faint of heart. The aisles are extremely narrow which is big trouble when it's busy. Late fees are outrageously high and can exceed the value of the DVD or tape. What a racket! They're not about n... view more

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