Downvalley movie nights may start in Gypsum |

Downvalley movie nights may start in Gypsum

Kathy Heicher
Special to the DailyBackwoods Video owners Ruth and Paul Hernandez rent out DVDs, tapes and games in Gypsum.

GYPSUM – Long, cold winter nights, and a good video go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Downvalley residents will find some new convenience, and lots of movies, at Gypsum’s’ Backwoods Video, located at 0500 Red Table Drive in the Gypsum Center complex. Whether the movie preference is new releases, classics, dramas, comedy, horror, “chick flicks” or westerns, there’s plenty of choices. Backwoods owners Paul and Ruth Hernandez, who have operated the business for two years now, have more than 700 tapes and 1,500 DVDs in the 2,300-square-foot store.”We have stuff you’re not going to find anywhere else,” Paul Hernandez says. Older movie rentals are good for three days, and new releases rent for two days. In addition to movies, the store offers X Block and Play Station games; and rents DVD players and Play Stations.Additionally, Backwoods Video has an Azurdisc machine, which can take the scratches out of CDs, DVDs, and CD ROMS. Cost of repairs is $4 per disc, but Backwoods Video will work out a discount price for large-quantity repairs.Recently, Backwoods Video installed a movie-drop box, outside of Beveridge Real Estate in downtown Eagle, so customers there don’t have to drive back to Gypsum to return a movie.

Backwoods video offers some specials, too. Monday night is half-price night. Thursday night, customers who rent a new release can get an older movie free of charge.”We like to offer a little bit of incentive during the week,” Paul Hernandez says.The Hernandez family, residents of the valley since 1980, acquired the business – which was originally located in Edwards – two years ago with an eye to supplementing their regular income.”We thought Gypsum would be a great place to start a video business,” Paul Hernandez says.Backwoods Video also makes a habit of hiring local high school students as store clerks.Kathy Heicher can be reached at, Colorado

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