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Box office on your block

January 26, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Renting new releases has never been more fast and easy thanks to Movie Machine.

Conveniently situated in all Pat's Foods locations, Festival Foods of Houghton and Morty's Fresh and Easy in Lake Linden, Movie Machine's six DVD kiosks make movie night simpler and much more affordable.

"While you're out running errands or grocery shopping, you can rent a movie too," Liisa Jacques said. "It's one less stop."

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Amanda LaBonte, cashier for Pat’s Foods of Calumet, shows how to rent movies using the Movie Machine DVD vending machine.

Jacques, who runs the business with Maria Vertin, said their Movie Machine kiosks differ from other DVD vending machines locally in that they offer all new releases on the date they are suppose to be released.

"Some vending machines have to wait 30 days before they are able to rent new releases from certain movie studios. We get a shipment every Friday and over the weekend we load them into the machines," she said. "So movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, they're available for renting as of their release date."

The kiosks are extremely user-friendly. To begin, the customer presses "rent" on the touch screen where it brings them where they can browse movie titles individually or by genre. Once a movie is selected, customers follow the touch-screen prompts, swipes their credit or debit card and takes the movie from the slot.

Movie Machine offers movie rentals for just $1.49 for each rental night. As long as movies are returned by 7 p.m. the next day the customer will not incur any further rental charges.

"It's as easy as using an ATM machine," Jacques said.

Jacques said the kiosks hold 250 disks and each of them are linked together which makes returning movies just as easy as renting them.

"You can rent from one kiosk and return it to another," she said.

For customers who accidentally rent the wrong DVD, there is no charge as long as they return the movie within 10 minutes.

Movies are available for purchase as well for as little as $5.00.

Movie Machine has a website ( where customers can sign up to become a member.

Membership benefits include a one free night's rental just for signing up. Members can also earn points with each rental to earn future free rentals.

Another perk, Jacques said, is members can reserve movies online ahead of time to guarantee the movie is in the kiosk when they get there.

For more information about Movie Machine, visit

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Movie Machine. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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