Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

America has just one Blockbuster left

America has just one Blockbuster left

The closures leave just one store standing in the US, in Bend, Oregon.

Blockbuster Video, the former Goliath in the home-video rental industry, is officially closing two of its remaining three stores in existence.

When was the last time you rented from a Blockbuster, or any brick and mortar video store? "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said. And who's to say how long it will stay in business?

The days of aimlessly walking the aisles of your local Blockbuster every Friday night have been over for years in most parts of the United States.

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Blockbuster Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" at a Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska.

Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores.

Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way. At that time, Border made a decision to stop renewing any Blockbuster store leases, resulting in a series of closures across the state over the past nine months. There's also still the last Blockbuster in OR, which has no plans to close anytime soon.

The Blockbuster company filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and most of its stores shuttered soon after.

The two closures will affect The Last Frontier. "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough". In 2013, the store said it would shut down 300 stores and cut 3,000 jobs. Giving people recommendations, or checking the return box a for the tenth time just to see a little kid's face light up when you hand them the latest animated film.

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