The Last Blockbuster Video Is Still Standing in Oregon

Something about the sign makes me feel like I forgot to do my Algebra II homework.

It smells like popcorn. The new release boxes line the outer wall, one or two whole shelves of the same movie over and over again. It’s not 1997, but it sure feels like it at the Bend Blockbuster—the last Blockbuster, to be precise.

At one time there were more than 9,000 locations of the movie rental giant, about half of them in the US. A failed attempt to Netflix-ize by mailing customers DVDs preceded the company’s eventual bankruptcy in 2010, with only franchise locations remaining until the second to last one

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