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First Pics: Cinemug opens at 1607 S. Broad St.

A new coffee and movie rental shop called Cinemug is now open at 1607 S. Broad St.

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The shop, which we first reported on back in October, features a selection of 1,600 movies to be rented out, in addition to coffee, pastries and more.

Cinemug’s owner, Dan Creskoff, was a Temple University film student and previously the manager of two of the now-closed TLA Video rental stores in Philadelphia.

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The decor of the coffee shop brings together a clear movie theme with posters throughout and work from local artists.

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The counter tops are made from reclaimed barn floors by Geoff Thompson of GT Woodworks

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The photographs on the wall are by local artist, Matt DiGennaro. All of the photographs are also for sale.

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Mugs by local artist Corey Weiser-Vahey

With a selection of 1,600 movies and plans to grow the selection in the future, the movie library is one of the major selling points of this shop. Functioning like an old-school rental store, films may be rented out for 3 nights for the cost of $5 for new release films and $4.50 for older films. Just like any rental shop, there is also a late fee of $1 per day.

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The movie selection includes everything from current films to older films, with different genres like horror, cult, art house and more.

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Even the bathroom is covered in movie posters.

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Since the shop is very movie-centric, they are planning on holding a weekly movie night. This week’s screening will be “Carnival of Souls,” a 1962 horror film. The screening will be free to the public and will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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The shop can be transformed to accommodate for movie screenings thanks to black out curtains and a projector. In the future, the shop also hopes to hold movie nights that showcase local filmmakers.

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The shop uses ReAnimator coffee, bagels from South Street Bagels and other pastries from LeBus Bakery. Cinemug is also selling sandwiches from Cosmi’s. In the future, Creskoff¬†hopes to add more house-made items to the menu.

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Cinemug is open from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Sundays.

More information on the shop can be found on Cinemug’s website¬†and Facebook page.

–Taylor Farnsworth, @tfarnsworth3

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9 Responses to First Pics: Cinemug opens at 1607 S. Broad St.

  1. Zack Wagner January 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    This is really cool. I wonder how long it will be open, though.

  2. Derek January 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    I wish them luck. The question is whether there is a critical mass of pretentious film douchebags in that vicinity to make an outdated “movie rental” concept work for the sake of kitsch. The coffee angle may save them. But, again, I hope it works.

    • Mark. January 14, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Not calling the people pretentious, but sitting between Newbold and Passyunk Square, I think as long as the coffee is good, they should do pretty well.

    • AnthonyG January 14, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Actually, a coffee shop where I can get a Cosmi’s Godfather hoagie, instead of a sprout-sandwich, may be the best part.

  3. mark January 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Nice to see a new business on Broad st, I hope it succeeds.

  4. Tim January 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    Just stopped by, and I love it, largely for the coffee (ReAnimator). I’m looking forward to the movie nights.

  5. nate January 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    if they have even 1/6 of the center city tla’s library, i’m sold. i could care less about the coffee. will be there soon

  6. zreese January 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Whaaaaa Cosmi’s?! What size are the sandwiches that they’re only $5? I will go there just for this.

    • Taylor January 15, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      They’re half-sized sandwiches.

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