Video Library

The rise of home video in the late 1970s and early 1980s led to the creation of several video rental stores. Among the options for Billings residents was Video Library, a locally-owned chain (not to be confused with a San Diego-based chain of the same name that was bought by Blockbuster Video). The chain grew to include 15 Montana stores, and provided rental services in many grocery and convenience stores in the region. In 2003, the company was bought by Movie Gallery, at the time based in Alabama. Five stores in Billings, plus one in Lockwood and one in Laurel, remained in business until the company was forced to begin closing stores in 2008. By the end of 2010, all of the Billings area locations had closed.