Streaming has its advantages; there is a reason it has taken over the movie world. The Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and open again on Tuesday to sell videos. Those days are gone.
The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee.
The last store standing in the video rental apocalypse, however, is in Bend, Oregon.
Bend's Blockbuster looks just like stores from years ago - yellow on the inside and employees sporting blue shirts. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away".
Though there will only be one store left in the United States, Engadget noted that a "handful of Australian stores and kiosks" are left in existence. Two in Alaska, the other in Oregon. This leaves just one lonely Blockbuster Video in OR, which might as well be turned into a museum at this point.
It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century. It brought a lot of national attention, but it wasn't enough to keep the store afloat. Blockbuster went bankrupt back in 2010, and was purchased by Dish the next year.
Stores in the Denver area closed back in November 2013. By 2016, only 9 remained.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook.
"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately".
Yet, here we are months later with soon-to-be one Blockbuster remaining in all of the 50 states. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say 'Hello.' What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us.