"I usually start out with 30 [copies] on DVD, and 12 to 14 Blu-Ray. The store hasn't really slowed down since, although people have started renting less-terrifying movies. (Associated Press). News. On its website, the world's last Blockbuster Video store sells its own made-in-Oregon merch, with T-shirts, hoodies, and foam trucker hats all printed with the almost-extinct chain's torn ticket logo. After the Blockbuster stores in Alaska locked their doors, and the one in Perth, Australia collected its last late fee and turned its lights off, the 20-year-old Bend, Oregon location became the only Blockbuster left on the planet. Your heart is just torn in two different directions.". For many Alaskans streaming online is not a good option, so movie night means Blockbuster night. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.”. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. "I wasn't able to keep people apart, and I thought 'Well, this isn't going to work.'". All rights reserved. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. It was a sad end to a mighty entertainment empire. 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 U.S. with a single remaining location. All rights reserved. They sell t-shirts, hoodies, and everything celebrating the missed brand. When things went down Down Under, only Bend and its selection of 22,000 discs were left. At that point, Harding decided that she felt comfortable enough with their safety measures to open the doors to 10 people at a time. “Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years,” Daymude and Vey wrote on Facebook. T he last two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are slated to close next week, leaving just one location of the once-iconic video rental store left in the U.S. They also started taping social distancing markers and directional arrows on the floors, DIY-ing their own Clorox wipes out of heavy-duty shop towels, and stocking up masks and gloves. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000’s. "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. Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager, said the final stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday and reopen the following day to sell off remaining inventory through the end of August. The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing. Read about Alaska's Blockbusters by John Oliver and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. It's been just over a year since the World's Last Blockbuster became, you know, exactly that. Then, in 2019, the penultimate Blockbuster, one in Australia’s outback, also closed, leaving Bend as the last Blockbuster. The Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon has prided itself on being the last of its kind in all of America. Everything is 10 years behind in Alaska—including the way people see movies. "The big title for next week is Call of the Wild," she told VICE. Last two Blockbusters in Alaska are closing, even after Russell Crowe memorabilia The remaining franchised stores kept closing until the Bend Blockbuster was the last one. That location closed in 2018. ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. Legal Statement. Market data provided by Factset. (Courtesy Kevin Daymude.) Alaska's last two Blockbuster video rental stores will close this week and liquidate remaining inventory, the stores' management announced Thursday. Two stores in Alaska, part of the final group of Blockbuster outlets in the United States, closed in July. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Related. The Bend store is the last remaining Blockbuster in operation in the United States after two stores in Alaska closed earlier this week. The last Blockbuster resides in Bend, Oregon. In the last few years, Alaska and Australia lost their final Blockbusters. A few months ago, that might've sounded less defiant, less accomplished, less 'Fuck yeah, we're still here,' but that was before buying tater tots required drawing complicated schematics of the supermarket; before we started bartering with our neighbors, your sourdough starter for my coffee-filter face masks; and before we ever dreamed we'd be nostalgic for pressing elevator buttons with our bare fingertips. After closing for a few days to regroup, the store reopened with curbside service, which it had never offered before. The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing. I was more concerned with that than the business," Harding said. We don't go down without a fight. And in the early days of this crisis, when most of us were still trying to understand what a stay-at-home order meant, Harding was still trying to take care of her DVD-rental regulars. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. 27 years, I’ve had some of the best in Fairbanks working along side me, started as their first jobs and now leading successful careers. Two other remaining locations, in Alaska, are closing soon, the owners announced on July 12. Legal Statement. At its peak in the mid-2000s, Blockbuster was a behemoth that had 9,000 stores worldwide . Video rental store chain Blockbuster Video was still a hit in one place: Alaska. What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us. The store hasn't just outlasted its contemporaries, survived the threats of streaming services and an ongoing international pandemic, it's also recently stretched its lifespan past that of its local DVD distributor. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. For One Last Night, Make It a Blockbuster Night. Despite the store's near-legendary survival instincts and two decades of outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting both its contemporaries and its own parent company, it did briefly consider that it might not make it through a goddamn pandemic too. The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and reopen Tuesday for video liquidation sales through the end of August, said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska. I'll go to Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer, every retailer we have here in town, and I'll only get five or 10 from each one. Market data provided by Factset. “We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.”, 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. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. "At first it was Outbreak, Contagion, and any pandemic movie out there, but now it's pretty much everything," she said. "You're in a tight spot, because part of you is looking at the economics of it and thinking 'I have to have customers coming and spending money, or my business isn't going to be viable, but at the same time, I'm like the Blockbuster Mom," she said. Australia was the second last country to have a Blockbuster. Before Bend, America’s second-to-last Blockbuster resided in Alaska. "Someone rented the entire Indiana Jones series, others are getting classics like Somewhere in Time, and I think that's kind of the beauty of our store. ... Alaska, closed last July. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. They don't like me very much if I come in and just wipe out their shelves, so I try to be conscientious of that, and make sure that I leave movies for their regular customers as well. And soon it'll be the only one in the world. Those who were jonesing for a particular Blu-Ray would call the store, pay for their rental over the phone, and when they rolled up, a masked-and-gloved Blockbuster worker would clean the DVD case with Clorox wipes, put it in a Ziplock bag, and take it to their car. The Blockbuster Video on DeBarr Road is one of the last two Blockbuster stores remaining in Alaska, and both are set to close. While it’s an incredibly old store, the host renovated it enough to make it comfortable for visitors. It attracts visitors from all over the country, not to mention the world, and a significant portion of their revenue comes from Blockbuster-branded merchandise. “I can’t tell you how much it means to us. The announcement not only meant that there would be no more Blockbusters in Alaska, but news quickly broke that the last remaining Blockbuster store was in Bend, Oregon. Now, when Blockbuster's longtime general manager Sandi Harding wants to add new releases to the store's shelves, she has to go out and buy them herself. So we're going to keep fighting for a while.". The store is currently home to props from Russell Crowe’s personal archive that Last Week Tonight host, John Oliver, famously donated to an Alaska-based Blockbuster … And because Harding must be extraordinarily fun to work with (or extraordinarily persuasive), some college-aged staff members joined her during that temporary closure to do a full inventory of the store's 22,000 DVD collection, and for a multi-day project that involved replacing the labels on all 22,000 DVD cases. — Kevin Daymude, general manager, and Kelli Vey, district manager, Why 'The Rock' is endorsing THIS candidate, Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren ‘do a great job co-parenting’ after sex scandal: source, 'Bachelorette' star James McCoy Taylor called out by other Bachelor Nation cast for attending Capitol rally, ‘Bridgerton’ star Phoebe Dynevor ‘can’t imagine’ how filming Season 2 would be possible during pandemic, Ronnie Spector reacts to Phil Spector’s death: ‘He was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband’, Jennifer Lopez slams claims she's gotten 'tons' of Botox, fillers in face, Jana Kramer apologizes to Tiger Woods' ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel after saying 'I hate her'. 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