World's Last Blockbuster

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At its peak in 2004, Blockbuster employed 84,300 people worldwide, including about 58,500 in the United States and about 25,800 in other countries, and had 9,094 stores in total, with more than 4,500 of these in the US. However, by January 2018, the company’s website listed nine remaining franchise-owned stores in the U.S., including six in Alaska, two in Oregon, and one in Texas. In August 2018, eight of those nine had closed, leaving only one store in Bend, Oregon. That one store still offers options that Netflix and other streaming services don’t, as The Verge investigates. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

“In Bend, I found that the Blockbuster had preserved the whole experience I remembered from when I was a kid growing up in Texas. It all came rushing back, and with it was a separate rush of nostalgia. But what truly struck me was that figuring out what to watch next seemed easy. The amount of filmed media to consume suddenly seemed manageable,” reports The Verge.

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