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There is Only One Blockbuster Video Store Left in America

14 July 2018, 05:28 | Max Haynes

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A man walks past a Blockbuster Video store

They will reopen at noon Tuesday for an inventory sales that will run through July and August.

Alaska's final two Blockbuster video stores will rent out their last movies and close up shop at the end of the week, management announced Thursday - leaving the USA with a single remaining location.

Now if you feel like pulling away from Netflix to go rent a movie like old times, you will have to travel to Bend, Oregon, where the final Blockbuster lives on. Pledging to donate the items to a worthy cause, Oliver zeroed in on two of the last remaining Blockbusters, located in Alaska, promising that if one of them contacted the show, they could display the memorabilia in their store.

All the way back in 2013, Blockbuster Video announced it would be closing all of its remaining locations, though these three stores managed to buck the odds and survive for another half decade. At its peak, the video rental chain had more than 9,000 stores in operation at one time.

It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The news of the closure has been devastating to regular customers, she said.

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It temporarily worked, according to Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..."

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver wanted to help out, so in May, he sent the second Anchorage store some Russell Crowe movie memorabilia, including a leather jockstrap he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man".

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued.

Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores. By this year, only a pair in Alaska and the final OR store had endured.



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