If you’re the type of person who gets off on nostalgia tourism, and it would really make your year to get your picture taken in front of what was once the hottest spot to be on a Friday night in high school, then you better book a ticket to Oregon. Because that’s where the last lonely and sad Blockbuster location in all of the United States of America will be.
In 2010, Blockbuster LLC filed for Chapter 11, saying they couldn’t compete with Netflix, Redbox, and direct streaming services. Blockbuster closed 182 stores in an attempt to climb out of bankruptcy, but that didn’t work, and eventually all but three stores closed across America. Two were located in Alaska, and one in Oregon. TIME reports that both of the Alaska locations have recently decided to shut their doors for good.
Which means the Blockbuster at 211 NE Revere Ave in Bend, Oregon will soon be the very last one. So now if you want the disappointing experience of trying to rent Showgirls before settling on Striptease, you’ve got one option. Well, at least in the US. Blockbuster still has 11 locations in Australia, and several in Brazil.
The last two Alaska Blockbuster locations will close for good on Monday, July 16th, and will re-open only for inventory purposes. Back in April, John Oliver tried to help the struggling Alaska Blockbusters out by paying $7,000 for Russell Crowe’s Gladiator jockstrap at auction, and sending it way up north to pull in customers. At the time, there were still three Blockbusters in Alaska. Three months later, they’re all done.
If that Oregon Blockbuster wants to beat the odds and stay open forever, there are a few things they could do. One, ask the Alaska Blockbuster for Russell Crowe’s jockstrap, take it in a little, and claim it’s Chris Hemsworth’s. Two, take advantage of the state’s legal weed laws and replace the candy at the front with a variety of edibles. Maybe customers will get high enough to rent a couple movies in an attempt to go home and figure out what sorcery caused the Netflix movies to come out of the TV and become real.