Video Vision, 1983

Nov. 23, 1983

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Here’s a photo from outside Video Vision at 122 West First Street in Duluth. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

In 1983, Video Vision occupied the space at 122 W. First St. in Duluth. The photo was shot on a Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. The building is currently home to Anchors End Tattoo & Body.

The poster on the bottom of the middle window is for a movie called "Lone Wolf McQuade," starring martial arts legend and pop-culture phenomenon Chuck Norris as J.J. McQuade, who, as ones writer on the Internet Movie Database Web site describes, is "an archetypical renegade Texas Ranger [who] wages war against a drug kingpin [David Carradine] with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates [in] a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love."

There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends than with turkey, football and a Chuck Norris movie. After this year’s dinner and inevitable Detroit Lions loss, it’s straight to the "Delta Force" VHS tape for me.

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A poster for the movie "Breathless," starring Richard Gere, sits above the Norris poster. At right is a poster for "Blue Thunder," starring the late Roy Scheider of "JAWS" fame.

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Behind the Video Vision sign, the faded letters "MU" can be seen on the left. The "122" of the street address also is visible. Does anyone know what business with the faded sign used to occupy this building before 1983? Did the "M" and partial "U" stand for "MUSIC"?

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This place either sold Playboy magazines, rented Playboy videos or both.