Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 | 2 a.m.
Henderson isn’t known for its bustling video rental businesses. One mom-and-pop store on Eastern Avenue offers what it calls the “old-fashioned Blockbuster” experience while Redbox kiosks can be found scattered across the city.
Nevertheless, at this week’s council meeting, the city updated its more than 30-year-old laws dealing with video rentals — part of the city attorney’s office’s yearlong “housekeeping effort” to clean up the code.
The code now accounts for businesses operating video rental kiosks instead of just traditional brick-and-mortar rental stores, specifies that DVDs count the same as tapes and clarifies regulations on adult video rentals.
“The changes that were adopted were just to bring the language current with today’s practices and today’s standards,” said Kathy Blaha, a city spokeswoman.
The code specifies that video rental kiosks must maintain valid business licenses to rent movies in the city. Redbox — the only video rental kiosk business in the city — already holds such a license. Redbox has 31 locations in Henderson, including nine locations at which they operate two kiosks, according to a spokeswoman for the company.
The code doesn’t really change anything for the city’s only traditional brick-and-mortar video rental store, Movies and Candy on Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway, which offers in-store rentals of old movies — “the ones Netflix doesn’t have,” said the store’s owner Trevor Layne.
The updated code also specifies that adult video rentals must account for less than 10 percent of the store’s inventory, store revenues, floor space and advertising and also defines an adult film. However, neither Movies and Candy nor Redbox rent adult films, and the city said there are no adult film rental stores within city limits.
But should one try to open up shop, the laws of the city of Henderson will be ready.