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First Blockbuster store opens

First Blockbuster store opens

On October 19, 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas, Texas. At a time when most video stores were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out process. The first store was a success and Blockbuster expanded rapidly, eventually becoming one of the world’s largest providers of in-home movies and game entertainment, before eventually filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

Blockbuster was founded by David Cook, who had previously owned a business that provided computer software services to the oil and gas industry in Texas. Cook saw the potential in the video-rental business and after opening the first Blockbuster in 1985, he added three more stores the following year. In 1987, he sold part of the business to a group of investors that included Wayne Huizenga, founder of Waste Management, Inc., the world’s biggest garbage disposal company. Later that year, Cook left Blockbuster and Huizenga assumed control of the company and moved its headquarters to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Under Huizenga’s leadership, Blockbuster embarked on an aggressive expansion plan, snapping up existing video store chains and opening scores of new stores. By 1988, Blockbuster was America’s leading video chain, with some 400 stores. By the early 1990s, Blockbuster had launched its 1,000th store and expanded into the overseas market.

In 1994, Blockbuster was acquired by the media giant Viacom Inc., whose brands include MTV and Nickelodeon. In the mid-1990s, the digital video disc (DVD) made its debut and in 1997, Netflix, an online DVD rental service, was founded. Around that same time, the e-commerce giant Amazon.com launched a video and DVD store. Blockbuster faced additional competition from the rise of pay-per-view and on-demand movie services, through which viewers could pay for and watch movies instantly in their own homes. In 2004, Blockbuster split off from Viacom. That same year, Blockbuster launched an online DVD rental service to compete with Netflix. The venture was not successful. On September 23, 2010, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. By 2014, the last of the company-owned stores had closed.

The golden age of the video rental store, 1970-1990

Employee Tammy Swier looks at VCR cassettes tapes at Colfax Video. 1986.

Before video stores, movies were solely watched in theaters, leaving studios hesitant to embrace video technology and video stores because they feared for losses in revenues. The first VCRs hit the market in 1975, and shortly thereafter the video rental store boom began. Extraordinary to think that spools of magnetic tape, easily eroded and prone to tangling, were the medium of choice. But so it was. The 1970s were nothing if not a decade of convenience, and the video cassette was certainly that.

At first, the market was growing slowly because video cassettes were not affordable however, when the prices dropped in the mid-80s, the market thrived and revenue for home video superseded theatrical box office. Soon enough, America became littered with video shops, both independent and chain stores. Blockbuster became the most successful of its kind as it “operated like a contemporaneous movie theater, with ‘New Releases’ dominating and ‘opening weekends’ driving customers into the store.”

By May 1988 the number of video specialty stores was estimated to be 25,000, in addition to 45,000 other outlets that also offered video rentals. Groceries rented tapes for as little as .49 as loss leaders. The press discussed the VCR “and the viewing habits it has engendered — the Saturday night trip down to the tape rental store to pick out for a couple of bucks the movie you want to see when you want to see it”.

In the 1980s, it was common for shops to rent equipment—typically VHS recorders—as well as tapes. Some video shops also had adults-only sections containing X-rated videos. To cope with the videotape format war of the 1970s and 1980s, some stores initially stocked both VHS and Betamax cassettes, while others specialized in one format or the other. During the 1980s most stores eventually became all-VHS, contributing to the eventual demise of Beta. In the late 1990s, DVDs began appearing in video rental stores.

The widespread availability of video on demand (VOD) on cable TV systems and VHS-by-mail services offered consumers a way of watching movies without having to leave their home. With the advent of the World Wide Web and theInternet streaming services the era of popular video stores was forever gone.

In Castle Rock, Colorado a man answers the phone in the video rental section of his store – including Betamax. 1984.

Store manager Ken Broderius talks with an employee in the video rental department of the Rosaurs Super One.

Inside a Tower Video store. 1986.

Seeking video bargains. 1986.

H. Wayne Huizenga, chairman of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation. The original caption states he “wants to build a nationwide chain of video cassette rental stores. During the first quarter of this year, Blockbuster opened or acquired 84 stores and, as of June 30, they operated 235 stores, up from 19 at the end of 1986.”

A video rental store. 1989.

A young man looks at rental movies in Channel Video, a video store in Manhattan, New York. 1997.

Blockbuster video store manager Doreen Giorgio arranges covers for the Titanic video that will go on sale and be available for rental at midnight. The store obtained 250 videos for rental and 96 for sale. 1988.

Blockbuster Video store & Jack In The Box fast food eatery among Amer. & Mexican services & products advertised on street signs in border town.

2. Blockbuster was the first video store to keep tapes on shelves.

Rental stores of the 1980s had a problem: Patrons who enjoyed movies but didn’t enjoy paying for them had a habit of relieving owners of their inventory. To discourage theft, an empty VHS box would sit on the shelf and an exchange would be made at the counter. But because Blockbuster’s inventory was so vast—the Cooks began with 8000 to 10,000 titles—it would be impossible to have a back room for the movies. The tapes stayed on shelves, allowing customers to see what was in stock. The system allowed for quicker customer turnover and an efficient inventory system that could allow them to populate an entire store with stock in a single day. By 1988, the franchise had more than 400 locations.

World’s last Blockbuster video store more popular after Netflix show

BEND, ORE. — The Blockbuster video rental store in Bend, Oregon, soared to international fame when it became the last such franchise on Earth two years ago.

Now, a new Netflix documentary called “The Last Blockbuster” brought even more interest in the form of visitors, mail and online orders to the unassuming location in a central Oregon strip mall 170 miles east of Portland.

Since the documentary aired March 15, people from all over the world have sent flowers and called the store just to say “thank you” for staying open. In the backroom, staff members have been busy packaging thousands of online orders for Blockbuster T-shirts, hats and face masks, which are all made by Bend businesses.

The movie focuses on the manager’s day-to-day work running the store, which became the last in the world when the Blockbuster in Perth, Australia, closed two years ago. It was made by two local filmmakers who saw history and nostalgia in the store’s perseverance.

“It’s a little bit crazy, but it’s a very good thing,” store manager Sandi Harding told The Bulletin in Bend. “We’ll take a little crazy if it means keeping the store open.”

Harding is the star of the movie, which peaked as high as the No. 4 movie in the United States since it appeared on Netflix March 15.

The Blockbuster video rental store in Bend was already popular when it became the last location on Earth. It drew visitors from across the United States and as far as Taiwan and London.

“It’s good for the store. It’s good for the community,” said Harding, who has been stopped in the grocery store by fans who want to take her picture. “And I can learn to live with my newfound fame as long as it doesn’t mess with what we are doing every day.”

The two Bend filmmakers behind the documentary, Taylor Morden and Zeke Kamm, had no idea if the store would stay open when they started filming in 2017. Morden said he has heard from people who call Harding a national treasure and say the store must remain open at all costs. He is pleased to know the film’s attention on Netflix may be what keeps the store open.

“For us to have some small part in helping the store stay open is amazing,” Morden said. “Not a lot of documentaries actually accomplish the goal of their story.”

The Bend Blockbuster has no plans to close. It has a steady lease agreement, and the local owners, Ken and Debbie Tisher, have leased the property since 1992, when it was a Pacific Video store. The store was franchised in 2000 and became a Blockbuster.

In its heyday, Blockbuster Video had 9,000 stores around the world. But in-store video rental stores began struggling with the rise in on-demand streaming services such as Netflix — the very streaming service now offering the Blockbuster documentary.

In 2010, Blockbuster declared bankruptcy, and by 2014, all corporate-owned stores had shuttered. That left locally owned franchises like the one in Bend to fend for themselves, and one by one, they closed.

When stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, shut down in 2018 — barely outlasting a Redmond, Oregon, store — Bend’s Blockbuster was the only U.S. location left. Then, in 2019, the only other Blockbuster in Perth, Australia, shut its doors, leaving Bend as the last store.

The movie also reveals that Blockbuster had an option to buy Netflix years ago, when the company was still a mail-order DVD service and hadn’t transformed into the dominant streaming service it is now. The video empire’s leadership, however, saw Netflix as a niche market with limited potential and declined to buy it, according to the documentary and previous news reports.

But beyond the business details, the movie taps into the nostalgia felt by people of a certain age as the world speeds up and personal interactions become less frequent, the filmmakers said. Many watching it recall working in Blockbuster stores themselves or renting from them often in their younger years.

“It’s affected people emotionally,” Kamm said. “I think it reminded people that we had this thing that was such an important part of our lives. Hopefully it reminds people to appreciate the things they have now.”

Both filmmakers feel connected with the Bend Blockbuster, even though they are done filming their movie. They contact Harding regularly to find out if she needs more DVDs of their movies or movie posters to sell at the store.

“I’m sure I’ll be involved with the folks at the last Blockbuster until they ever close,” Morden said. “There is no way we are not going to be connected.”

The rise and fall of Blockbuster and how it's surviving with just one store left

Irene Kim: At its peak in the late '90s, Blockbuster owned over 9,000 video-rental stores in the United States, employed 84,000 people worldwide, and had 65 million registered customers. Once valued as a $3 billion company, in just one year, Blockbuster earned $800 million in late fees alone.

But fast-forward a decade, and Blockbuster ceased to exist, having filed for bankruptcy with over $900 million in debt. So, what happened?

Blockbuster was founded by David Cook, a software supplier in the oil and gas industry. After studying the potential of a video-store business for a friend, he realized that a well-franchised chain could grow to 1,500 units. And so the first Blockbuster store opened in Dallas on October 19, 1985.

Andy Ash: According to David Cook, the opening night of that first Blockbuster store was a huge success. The story goes that they actually had to lock the doors because of overcrowding. The thing that really set Blockbuster apart at that time was their huge range of titles. Other independent video stores could only keep track of 100 or so movies. Blockbuster had an innovative new barcode system, which meant that they could track up to 10,000 VHSs per store to each registered customer, which also meant that they could keep an eye on those lucrative late fees.

Kim: Off the back of this success, Cook built a $6 million distribution center, not only so that new stores could pop up quickly, but also to house a huge range of titles, so that each store's inventory could be tailored to local demographics.

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Kim: In 1987, Blockbuster received $18.5 million from a trio of investors, including Waste Management founder Wayne Huizenga, in return for voting control, but after two months of intense disagreements, Cook left Blockbuster and Huizenga assumed control. Under Huizenga, Blockbuster embarked on an aggressive expansion plan, buying out existing video-rental chains while opening new stores at a rate of one per day.

By 1988, just three years after the first store opened, Blockbuster was America's No. 1 video chain, with over 400 stores nationwide.

But as Blockbuster became a multibillion-dollar company in the early '90s, adding music and video-game rental to its stores, Huizenga was worried about how emerging technology like cable television could hurt Blockbuster's video-store model. After briefly considering buying a cable company and even receiving approval from the Florida Legislature to build a Blockbuster amusement park in Miami, Huizenga offloaded Blockbuster to media giant Viacom for $8 billion in 1994. In only two years under Viacom, Blockbuster lost half of its value.

While Blockbuster and its new boss, John Antioco, focused on brick-and-mortar video stores, technological innovations meant that competition was on the rise. In 1997, Reed Hastings founded Netflix , a DVD-by-mail rental service at the time, in part after being frustrated with a $40 late fee from Blockbuster. Two years later, having passed on an opportunity to buy Netflix for $50 million, Blockbuster teamed up with Enron to create a video-on-demand service. In a deal that saw Enron do most of the work, a robust video-on-demand platform was successfully built and tested with customers. But it soon became clear to Enron that Blockbuster was so focused on its lucrative video stores that it had little time or commitment for the video-on-demand business. As a result, in 2001, Blockbuster walked away from the first major development of wide-scale movie streaming.

Within a few years, Netflix and other competitors began to eat into Blockbuster's profits, not by undercutting it, but by reimagining video rental in the digital age.

Commercial: There's a better way to rent movies. Go to Netflix.com, make a list of the movies you wanna see, and in about one business day you'll get three DVDs. Keep them as long as you want, without late fees. Then, when you're done, look: prepaid envelopes. Return one and they'll send you another movie from your list. Netflix. All the movies you want, 20 bucks a month, and no late fees.

Kim: It took Blockbuster almost five years to introduce its own DVD-by-mail service and even longer to scrap late fees.

Commercial: No more late fees! No more late fees! No more late fees?

Kim: By that time, Netflix had amassed almost 3 million customers, had no store overheads, and was preparing to launch its revolutionary streaming service. Blockbuster's troubles continued through the mid-2000s. After parting from Viacom and experimenting with in-store concepts such as DVD and game trading, Blockbuster was in the midst of an identity crisis.

In 2009, Netflix posted earnings of $116 million. Meanwhile, Blockbuster, with its continuing business problems and legal battles, lost $518 million. On July 1, 2010, Blockbuster was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Its foray into video-on-demand streaming came too late, and over the next three years, Blockbuster died a slow and painful death. DVD-by-mail services stopped, its various partnerships folded, and stores worldwide were rapidly plunged into administration.

Its 9,000-strong chain had been reduced to one single franchise in Bend, Oregon. As a result of Blockbuster's complete shutdown, one can only speculate about what could have been for the once home-movie giant.

Ash: They were too busy making money in their video stores to imagine a time when people would no longer want or need them. And in a bid to rescue their business, their answer at the time was to fight fire with fire. At one point they even opened up rental kiosks, a little bit like a vending machine, but all of these attempts were based on either outdated technology or outdated business models, whereas Netflix at the time, they did the opposite they streamlined, they were able to see the future of video rentals and then innovate for that future. Blockbuster, they didn't seem to understand how the next generation, particularly millennials, who grew up in a world without hard-copy media like DVDs and CDs, how they would react to video-on-demand as technology improved. And that's why Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Hulu , they're still all in business, whilst Blockbuster got left behind.

Kim: According to Netflix's former Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy, as part of the failed 2000 Blockbuster-Netflix buyout, Reed Hastings proposed that Netflix would run the Blockbuster brand online. If that deal had been successful and Hastings had replicated Netflix's innovation for Blockbuster, the face of home video would likely still be blue and yellow. The last-ever Blockbuster movie was rented on November 9, 2013. Fittingly, the film in question was "This Is the End."

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published in January 2020.

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

The world’s last remaining Blockbuster store still open despite coronavirus pandemic

The world's last ever Blockbuster in Oregon. Credit: Alamy

The world’s last ever Blockbuster store is still open, despite commercial pressures that the ongoing coronavirus crisis has brought to retail stores around the world.

The 20-year-old store in Bend, Oregon, is the last remaining store in the once popular video rental chain. During the pandemic, the store has managed to remain open and keep all its staff employed after introducing new safety measures for staff and customers.

The store’s general manager, Sandi Harding told Vice News about how they managed to make the store safe: “Everybody would be converging in the same area…I wasn’t able to keep people apart, and I thought ‘Well, this isn’t going to work.’ ”

However, after closing for several days, the store re-opened with a new roadside pick-up system in place.

As reported in the New York Post, customers called Blockbuster to request and pay for a film before receiving a sanitised DVD in a zipped bag.

After this, the store then re-opened with a maximum of ten people allowed at a time. Staff wear gloves and masks and clean each DVD before and after it leaves the store.

They have also made signs to help customers safely navigate the store and retain social distancing measures.

Harding later joked: “I had a customer come in and she said, ‘I am so grateful that you reopened, because I couldn’t flip through Netflix one more time.”

At its peak, Blockbuster had over 9000 stores around the world. In December 2013, the long-running rental chain called in administrators in the UK.

“It is with regret that we have to make today’s announcement, we appreciate this is a difficult time for all concerned and would like to thank staff for their professionalism and support over the past month,” said joint administrators Simon Thomas and Nick O’Reilly at the time.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to secure a buyer for the group as a going concern and as a result had to take the regrettable action to close the remaining stores.”

Blockbuster posts its fourth consecutive quarterly loss in early May as the likes of Netflix continues to eat away at its revenue. Keyes says the firm has had "encouraging" talks with investors and potential "strategic partners" to help it avoid bankruptcy, and that its studio agreements to offer new movie releases before rivals is starting to pay off. Still, CFO Tom Casey concedes the next 12 to 18 months will be "challenging," though the shuttering of Movie Gallery's Hollywood Movie retail stores should funnel sales to Blockbuster outlets.

In May the billionaire sells off all of his 10.5 million Class A shares, worth $7.1 million, but retains 3.3 million Class B shares, worth just $619,000. Fellow billionaire George Soros also cuts his stake.

5 Video Store Memories of the 1980s

For many, it was a sad thing to see the many Blockbuster Video stores sit vacant, run out of business by Netflix and other on-demand services. However, I never shed a tear. I had lived through the early days of the video store, before Blockbuster came in and drove many of the mom-and-pop movie rental shops out of business. For me, Blockbuster ruined things. It didn’t have the character and uniqueness of the small, independently owned video stores. So, the sight of an old Blockbuster building converted to a Quick Cash Title Loan doesn’t inspire much wistful sentiment.

So, this list of memories isn’t about the days of Blockbuster which owned the early 2000s and essentially all of the 1990s. This is about the days when the video recorder was new, and there was excitement in the air – you could actually select a movie to watch yourself! We take it for granted now however, up until then, you were at the mercy of what was in theaters or what the 3 networks decided to throw your way. Now, the power was in your quaking hands. Oh, the thrill of this new technology…. And oh, the disappointments….

1. The Trials and Hardships of Obtaining the Coveted Card

Given the fact that all the stores that had sprung up overnight were mom-and-pop shops, it’s no surprise they didn’t have a lot of disposable surplus. In other words, a stolen video was a big damn deal. So, they made extra sure you were legit, and could be trusted. That meant passing through a vetting process that would make getting a Top Secret security clearance with the Department of Defense seem like child’s play.

You had to fill out a form, hand over personal information (I’m told some even had an interview process)… then pay a huge security deposit! But, even if you managed to somehow make the cut, you were by no means off the hook. These were the days before networks and computer databases – so, if you lost that crummy little card, you were S.O.L.. God forbid you return a tape late or forget to rewind your tapes – not only would you be fined, you’d end up on “the list”. Thus, your coveted membership to this strange new club was always poised on the razor’s edge. One false move, and it was back to watching CBS’s Movie of the Week.

2. The Variety!

This is the one area that these early video stores really shined. Blockbuster (and to some extent, Movie Gallery) basically had the same titles from store to store. The shelves of the Draper, Utah branch looked a lot like the shelves of the Norfolk, Virginia branch. Plus, the selection consisted almost exclusively of big sellers. So, you’d have no trouble finding a good Eddie Murphy film – but good luck with the more obscure titles.

You see, the early stores were mostly owned and operated by a single individual. Since his or her tastes dictated entirely what was on the racks, it resulted in a wild diversity of choices from store to store. But even if you lived in a small town with only one store, you were still presented with a selection that was often far from the mainstream. Sure, it still had Trading Places, but it also had some bizarre foreign import by some degenerate Euro-sleaze director (Jess Franco, I’m talking about you!).

The quantity was smaller, but the chance of serendipitous finds and discovering brands of film you’d never heard of was high. The same principle holds for bookstores – it’s the small, independently owned stores that often have the most interesting selection.

3. The Shame!

Since we’re talking about mom-and-pop shops, there was a lot of interaction with the proprietors. Unlike the big chain superstores, you could rent without shame because you were an anonymous nobody. However, in the early days, the chances were high that the person at the desk would strike up a conversation and even talk to you about the movie you were renting. This could be a wonderful thing (I loved getting recommendations by these movie connoisseurs)…. But if you had in your possession a video of ill repute, things got awkward.

I distinctly recall being in the mood for a good bloody horror flick one evening after work in 1988, and so picked up Color Me Blood Red. It had the most gruesome cover I’d ever seen – basically, a woman was being eviscerated. I was simultaneously repulsed and lured by this forbidden fruit – they didn’t show stuff like this on television it had to be seen. So the clerk wouldn’t identify me as a serial killer, I also snatched a copy of The Bounty, a respectable film, as a buffer.

To my horror, the beautiful daughter of the store’s owner was working the checkout. What followed was 5 painfully uncomfortable minutes, with awkward glances from the girl and paralyzing guilt from me. To make matters worse, the movie ended up not even being particularly gory or scary. The whole ordeal had been for naught. But it serves to illustrate the predicament of the early video store customer: you were surrounded by a diversity of films you’d never seen or heard of, that would never make it onto your local TV stations…. Yet, to rent them often involved a long walk of shame.

4. The Forbidden Curtain

We all know that the home video industry owes its origins to porn. When these machines first came on the market, they were insanely expensive – no one in their right mind would pay that kind of money for a VCR….. but when it comes to pornography, all financial sense is thrown out the window. Normally level-headed individuals will suddenly find themselves throwing common sense out the window in the mad pursuit of porn if it means taking out a second mortgage, then so be it. Thus, this influx of capital allowed the video recorder manufacturers to bring down the price so that it became affordable for your average home.

Naturally, porn’s significant influence and slice of the video market was evident in the early video rental establishment. In most stores outside the Bible Belt, there was a separate room devoted to the X rated variety of tapes. An often seedy, dingy, poorly lit little room – The Room of Intense Shame, if you will. Therein, you would not only find illicit tapes but other males trying to look nonchalant, but obviously feeling bad about themselves. It was reminiscent of the outside lines to the X-rated theaters in the 1970s – there may be nothing wrong with taking in a dirty movie, but you also didn’t want your friends and neighbors to catch you in the queue.

Even Blockbuster had these Rated X rooms in the early days (or at least the San Bernardino branch had one – I can’t personally attest to others). But as the privately owned stores became extinct and Pay-Per-View bloomed, the need for these rooms dwindled to nothing. I suspect many a Blockbuster storage room had, in a previous life, once been a Room of Intense Shame.

5. Betamax and VHS

The war between these two formats was in full swing in the mid-80s. Who would emerge the winner was still unknown. The reasons behind VHS’s ultimate victory over an arguably better technology is a topic for another day. Unfortunately, the fact that these small stores had to provide both formats meant that your selection was greatly diminished. Mom-and-Pop only had “x” number of dollars to spend on their video selection the fact that they had to buy 2 formats for each film meant their selection was reduced by half.

This sucked for the consumer, and was even worse for the poor, unfortunate Betamax owners. Those machines weren’t cheap back then. It should be noted that they were so expensive, these early stores would provide rentals of the machine itself. Yes, it was not uncommon for someone to not only rent the tapes, but also take home the VHS or Betamax equipment! Compare that with the ease of just clicking “play” on Netflix today.

The Rise & Fall Of Blockbuster Video Store Locations 1986-2019

The video above shows a map of the rise and fall of Blockbuster Video Store Locations in The US between 1986 and 2019. According to V1Analytics:

The per-state store numbers came from archive copies of Blockbuster Inc’s annual 10-K filings with the SEC between 1999 and 2011. The numbers outside of these years were collected from various business news articles with linear extrapolation for the dates in between. The store counts also include Alaska and Hawaii which aren’t shown on the map.

And from the YouTube video discretion:

Between 1985 and 2010, Blockbuster Video opened thousands of stores across the US. This map shows the locations of US Blockbuster Video stores over time.

Blockbuster opened their first store in Dallas in October of 1985. They weren’t the first video rental company, but they did have the largest selection of movie titles, over 6,500, which was more than any of their competitors at the time. Their first store was a huge success and throughout 1986, they opened three more stores in Texas.

While Blockbuster’s store concept worked really well, it wasn’t unique enough to be patentable. They knew that other companies would likely start copying their business model. To overcome this, their strategy was to grab as much market share as quickly as possible to stay ahead of any potential competitors. Throughout 1989, they purchased another four established rental chains and by 1990, they had opened over 1000 stores.

Through 2005, Blockbuster began closing their most unprofitable stores while they struggled to return to profitability. By this point, in addition to Netflix, they were also facing competition from Redbox which pretty much offered the same product as Blockbuster, just as a vending machine instead of an entire store.

In 2010, they continued downsizing and closing stores and by the end of the year, they filed for bankruptcy. Blockbuster was eventually acquired by the television provider Dish Network. Dish initially had plans to keep around 1,500 stores open and launch their own streaming service to rival Netflix, but these plans never ended up happening.

The last surviving store is located in Bend Oregon, it’s not only the last store in the US, it’s the last one left in the entire world. They’re a small owner operated store which is supported by loyal local customers as well as tourists stopping by to experience the nostalgia of visiting a Blockbuster store.

In the end, Blockbuster’s competitors simply had a better product and Blockbuster was just too slow to innovate.

You can visit the website of the world’s lat remaining Blockbuster here.

"Every Friday Iɽ come with my parents and theyɽ let us pick a video. Weɽ go down the aisles and then negotiate to get snacks. It was a family event. It's sad and bizarre that's still here. If I go home I don't even have a thing to play a DVD on."

Samuel Bowles, 40, Michigan

A few years down the road, when this isn't here anymore, I'll still have those connections and have barbecues in my house with the kids that worked for me and I can't imagine those relationships going away. I think that's the thing I love about this place.

One of the owners told me that as long as we can keep the customers coming in, paying the bills, our employees, we'll stay open. We've got a couple of years left in our lease and a good relationship with our landlord. He's very supportive of everything we're doing.

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