Spanish-language films for cheap!

FRANCISCO ZERMENO VIDEO STORECity Councilman Francisco Zermeno’s loss could be your gain. His Z Video rental store is about to close at the end of the month, and he’s selling off all his inventory. He specialized in Spanish-language films, and was proud to have a pretty extensive collection of movies from what he called “Mexiwood” era of the ’40s ’50s and ’60s.

There aren’t many mom-and-pop video stores around anymore. About a year ago when Hayward Video was robbed, the lady there told me they get by on account of the porn. In fact, she said the previous time they were robbed, the man demanded a bag full of porn.

Since Hayward Video is right by the Daily Review, I got a membership — not for porn, there’s nothing but RedBoxes near my home and I like to browse. But when I rented a movie one night — I think it was District 9 or Cloverfield or something involving aliens — it came in a DVD box with a label that boasted a XXX type of title, crossed out. Found it sort of disconcerting that they were mixing porn cases with mainstream titles, only on account of what porn aficionados are up to before putting the CD back in the case.

Zermeno said he had a “very limited” porn collection, and lasted longer than other video stores because of the Spanish language niche. I didn’t ask if he has any Spanish-language porn. Anyway, find his email after the jump. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Hola to all

Video Z is closing its doors!

All movies must go!

No movie more than $5!!!!

Do drop by and pick up some USA, Mexican and French movies for your collection!

Closing Inventory Sale


Tuesday, November 30, 6 pm (a sad day…)

Born in March 1985 with 100 movies, Video Z helped our 2 daughters and 1 son, learn valuable business skills, made some money and many friends along the way, and provided tons of fun. I, a movieholic fanatic, loved working its 15,000+ inventory of movies in Spanish, French and English.

But, alas, Netflix, RedBox, lack of customer loyalty, and our kids moving on, has meant we can no longer keep subsidizing our beloved Video Z (1114 W. Tennyson Rd., Hayward, 510.783.3456).

 We thank your patronage.

Remember, “it’s better to watch a bad movie, than to watch no movie at all.”

 Hayward on!

Gracias mil.
josé francisco zermeño cárdenas
councilman/consejal, hayward
profesor de español
P.O.Box 92, Mt. Eden, CA 94557, USA
(hayward, ca, eeuu)
fax 510.732.6624

Eric Kurhi

  • Michael Moore

    This is a loss for Hayward and it will now be more difficult to get my Cantinflas fix. This will be missed.

  • qodrn

    This is sad, but this is a poor time for retail. I can’t believe Kohl’s is opening at 3 AM tomorrow. How silly!

  • qodrn

    Sad to hear centennial hall is coming down. It is almost like Hayward made a mistake, so we have to hide it. I still can’t understand tearing down things that could bring revenue into the city. Empty lots don’t encourage anyone to come into Hayward in my opinion. In fact, most of the new buildings I have seem go up in Hayward are in areas with former buildings. They seem to ignore the open lots. Maybe we should change our motto to Open lots of the Bay.

  • Monica Ruiz

    I like Heart of the Bay.