Netflix’s First Movie Rental Was This 1980s Classic

Netflix has had a very interesting and controversial impact on the film industry.

Some cinephiles have praised the streaming service for helping to popularize and distribute auteur projects from legendary filmmakers who had struggled to get funding elsewhere.

However, there are many who have criticized Netflix for its impact on physical media sales and the movie theater experience in general.

But as many remember, Netflix’s humble beginnings were first as a DVD rental service, and not a studio behind thousands of hours of original content including Stranger Things, Wednesday, The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, and Orange Is the New Black, to name a few.

Back in 1997, Netflix rented out its first library title.

It was a film that holds a surprising amount of relevance today: Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice.

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