When was the last time you went to a movie rental place, browsed the shelves, and picked something to watch? Interestingly enough, the main screen on Netflix isn’t unlike how we used to browse for movies, except now you don’t even have to get off the couch, and forget about paying $5 per movie.
Things have changed a lot over the years. Blockbuster used to be a weekend-entertainment destination, and now it’s become more of a tourist attraction.
Blockbuster famously turned down an offer to buy Netflix early on, and we’ve all witnessed how that has played out over the last decade or so.
With store closings, this is America’s final Blockbuster, and some commenters have even called for it to be preserved as a Historical Landmark.
It’s certainly a relic of a bygone era.
Do you miss going into the store to pick out movies? Where you could ask a friendly movie-loving staff member for recommendations, instead of relying on an algorithm to tell you what to watch?
With 2 Blockbusters in Alaska set to close, that leaves this Oregon location as the final one, continuing to hold down the fort.
Do you know how many stores Blockbuster had at its peak?
We don’t have the exact number, but it’s over 9000, according to the above video from CNN.
“Blockbuster Video has essentially been dead and gone since 2013, when the company announced that it was closing all of its remaining locations (with the exception of the three listed above). Those stores have operated as licensed franchises able to continue operating under the Blockbuster name, which is how they’ve managed to stay around for the last five years. Interestingly, the two Alaskan outlets were allegedly still profitable, but the owner said he chose to close them nine months ago because renewing the leases wouldn’t be financially viable,” explains Nick from Goliath.