When I was a kid I could memorize anything. If I watched a movie once I had it memorized. My parents would marvel over how quickly I absorbed movie lines and how I could recite them with the same inflection as any character. After graduating from TU in 2005 with a degree in (surprise) Theatre, I stayed on to work at the University Store and manage the “Towson Blockbuster”, Tiger Reels. As you might imagine, I love my job…
Tiger Reels is a tiny shoebox of a store located in the middle of the first floor of the Union building. When I first started managing Tiger Reels it had just transitioned from VHS to DVD. We are now bursting at the seams with DVDS, Blu rays, Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games. Every rental is free with a TU ID, which means faculty, staff and students all rent for free!
Our little store packs a big punch. We provide multiple copies of new movies. When their popularity wanes, we sell them off for dirt cheap. In addition to being “Towson’s Blockbuster,” we also provide educational material such as: documentary films, required films for TU courses, instructional recordings and personal interest films such as exercise videos. We carry indie films, classics and have specialty genres like African American Cinema, LGBTQ Cinema and Bollywood! We often collaborate with student groups, faculty and departments on special events that feature films or games. There is something for everyone!
I refer to Tiger Reels as a “student run” facility, which means the students who work there arrive in the morning, open the store and keep it up and running all day. I provide the employees with new products to enter into the system and they do the rest. At a time in our world when technology is constantly providing us with entertainment at our finger tips, our little store still seems to boom with business. Student groups have even asked for us to put our store inventory online to better serve the campus community. We have become a social center where faculty, staff and students come with their friends to pick up their favorite films and make a night of it. Our store is a casual, fun atmosphere where anyone can come and hang out. Occasionally you can even hear the staff and customers burst into song, singing along with their favorite Disney film. For me, Tiger Reels is one of the few places on campus where our huge TU population feels small: where everyone seems to know everyone else.
So for my fellow movie buffs, get over to Tiger Reels and check out what we have. I guarantee you will find a film to take home. Oh, and if you see me…feel free to test my memorization skills!