UPDATE: This store closed for good in September 2007
The English Video Film Club is one of the best places to rent English-language movies in Munich. It's run and owned by people who also work in film.
Their shop is a little hokey and hard to find, but their selection is massive - about 8,500 movies, including over 3,500 DVDs. And they have all the TV-series, classics, documentaries, Bollywood, and loads of not-so-well-known stuff as well as all the latest blockbuster.
In April 2006 they launched a new website (www.english-video.de), where you can browse their collection, search by actors, directors or titles. It’s a still a beta site and we are told many new features are still waiting in the wings - like recommendations by ‘mood’, age or gender.
To join one needs to be over 18, bring either a passport, id-card or driver's licence and leave a deposit of €35,00 or €45,00 (either in cash or by credit card; amount depending on whether you're a student or teacher or not) which is refundable anytime one chooses to discontinue the membership.
Prices range from €2,90 to €4,10 per night depending on the film and format. They do have specials, however, like 3 DVDs for 3 nights, at € 10,90. Better even, they also offer a range of flat-rates, like one for € 19,90 / month, bringing rates down per film to as low as €0,70. It’s the best way to take advantage of a collection many consider to be the best in Munich. You can check out films you would otherwise pass on, watch you’re old favourites again - or do all of “Sopranos“ or „“Sex And The City“ - their collection of TV-series/ programmes alone totals to almost 2.000 different titles.
The English Video Film Club is about 200ft away from U-Bahn Theresienstraße (U2), so it's easy to get there. Take care not to walk straight past the place though. They have a tiny little unlit sign outside. And there's no shop window. You have to ring the buzzer to be let in.
English Video Film Club
Theresienstrasse 73, 80333 Munich-Schwabing, Germany
U-Bahn U2 Theresienstrasse
Tel. 089 5420542
Open: Monday - Thursday: 13-21 hrs
...and: Friday - Saturday: 13-22 hrs
Website: English Video Film Club - Munich