One of the last two Blockbusters in the world is closing down

midian182

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Right now, there are just two Blockbusters left: one in the US and one in Australia. But the latter of these, located in the Perth suburb of Morley, is closing its doors forever at the end of this month. Owners Lyn and John Borszeky have stopped rentals and will be selling off stock, signs, and other merchandise until March 31.

The closure will leave just one final Blockbuster, in Bend, Oregon. There had been three stores in the US up until last summer when the two holdouts in Alaska closed. These outlets gained a slew of publicity after comedian John Oliver bought a number of movie items from Russell Crowe’s post-divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from Cinderella Man and a vest from Les Miserables, and sent them to the stores. Sadly, the increased sales weren’t enough to offset the planned lease increases.

The general manager of the Oregon Blockbuster, Sandi Harding, said older movies helped keep the store afloat. "You can go to Redbox and you can get the new titles, but they don't have the older ones," she explained. "Netflix and Amazon don't have everything, either."

Blockbuster employed around 84,300 at the height of its popularity in 2004, but the advent of broadband and streaming services resulted in the company filing for bankruptcy protection in 2010. Three years later, parent firm Dish Network started closing US stores.

There are no plans for the final Blockbuster to close. Being the last of its kind could see more visitors traveling to the store, and the chain’s appearance in the Captain Marvel movie will likely bring more attention to the name.

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stewi0001

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I remember watching a video about the Blockbuster in Oregon. Basically, it was a local independent video even before Blockbuster and is part of the local community. Long story short, their name has changed to Blockbuster but they are still the good'ol local video store.
 
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iamcts

It's pretty fascinating to see how quickly Netflix single-handedly eviscerated Blockbuster.
 

VitalyT

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Digital age did this, not one company. As much as I like a lot of old movies, these days I can download most of them in 1080p adaptation, and relive the past again and again.
 

psycros

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"Blockbuster employed around 84,300 at the height of its popularity in 2004, but the advent of broadband and streaming services resulted in the company filing for bankruptcy protection in 2010."

Uh, I think Netflix might have had a little something to do with it before they ever had streaming.
 

Dimitrios

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It's like Hillary, it just never goes away ;-) On a serious note I found my Blockbuster card a week or so when cleaning my office.
 

treetops

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And let us not forget RedBox. I hope they keep it open for the nostalgia factor. Apparently people travel from around the globe to come take selfies. Maybe they should put out a donations box.

If I was mega rich I would open up a failing old school VHS 80\90s themed VHS\DVD\Blu Ray store for the hell of it and make my employees dress the part.
 

Axiarus

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It's pretty fascinating to see how quickly Netflix single-handedly eviscerated Blockbuster.
What else is funny is that Netflix came to Blockbuster asking them to invest...they decided not to, thinking a service like Netflix was destined to fail.