The Alaska Blockbusters also attracted additional attention recently when John Oliver announced that he was sending some of the props from the Russell Crowe divorce auction to the video rental stores.
Texas and Alaska used to be popular locations for Blockbuster because of the poor quality of high-speed internet service and high prices.
We imagine you're now wondering where the last Blockbuster in the United States is.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years". The last remaining Blockbuster store is located in Bend, Oregon. There's also still the last Blockbuster in OR, which has no plans to close anytime soon.
In March, a store in North Pole, Alaska, closed down. The company's precipitous decline in the streaming age has now reached its near-nadir: As of August, there will be only one operating Blockbuster store in the entire country.
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"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", said Kevin Daymude, general manager at the Anchorage Blockbuster. However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.
The once-supreme rental chain was a staple in American strip malls and shopping centers, encapsulating a labyrinth of at least 7,000 movies in each store. "If you went in there on a Friday night you'd be shocked at the number of people".
At its peak in 2004, the company boasted its 9,000 locations.
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.
After that, things kept going downhill.
"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store", said Payne. Although, as noted by Deadline Hollywood, the shuttering Anchorage and Fairbanks stores will reopen on Tuesday to sell off their inventory through August.