Steel City Video 1160 Main Street East

I love when I finally visit a place that I’ve breezed by countless times for practically all my life, but had never taken the time to check out. Steel City Video is a prime example. It’s been on my list; admittedly, I’ve had the title for this post in my head for quite a while.

(This was on an awfully chilly day at the end of April, hence the puffy coat!)


It’s a wonder I hadn’t set foot in there before, having grown up in the east end. Even still, the memories came flooding back of wandering around my local Blockbuster with my dad to pick out a few movies. It was complete nostalgia being in there.

Helping to transport us a little more back in time, the music playing throughout the store was a strange early 2000s soundtrack. Remember t.A.T.u’s “All The Things She Said”? Lest we forget. I also made mental notes of Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like A Bird,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Don’t Lie,” and getting a little more hip, Rihanna’s “Pon De Replay.” Thinking about all this early 2000s pop music just sent me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, but I digress.


It was a total time warp in there; it was like no time had passed since my last trip to a video store, despite the wall of new releases and seeing all of the current Hollywood heavyweights and numerous copies of Frozen.

The only section we didn’t explore was behind sectioned-off area marked “Adult” but, judging from the sounds of one patron, it’s a good time in there. There are only so many places this local tourist is willing to go. You’ve gotta draw the line somewhere.


A video store wouldn’t be complete without giant bags of popcorn, 25-cent candy machines, and one of those vending machine games where you attempt to scoop up a stuffed animal with a giant metal claw.

Cheers to you, Steel City Video, for hanging in there. I hope you stick around!

– Kristin



Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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