Every iconic artist will tell you that the key to longevity is creative reinvention. The world’s last remaining Blockbuster store clearly knows this (and also, that the biggest risk of career death is simply being a Blockbuster store). The last remaining Blockbuster store in the world, located in Bend, Oregon, wasn’t content with just being March 19, 2019’s Hot Slut of the Day. Oh no, they’ve decided to reinvent themselves as a short-term rental.
Sandi Harding has been the manager of the Bend Blockbuster since 2004 and decided to list the Bend Blockbuster on Airbnb. According to the official Airbnb listing, the Blockbuster comes with all the movies in the store, as well as plenty of movie-appropriate snacks. It can accommodate up to four guests for one evening, and features a sofa bed and an air mattress, as well as a half-bathroom. Basically you should be prepared to shit in the staff washroom next to a tower of brown paper towel rolls and a mandatory sign reminding employees how totally tubular it is to wash their hands.
“Hey Deschutes County residents! Dust off those membership cards for a sleepover inside the world’s last BLOCKBUSTER. When you call dibs on this stay, you’re booking a night back in the 90s, but this time you won’t have to beg your parents to rent the latest horror flick – we’ll give you the keys to the entire store!”
Here are some more pictures, and they weren’t kidding about going full-90s with the decor.
…cause the last BLOCKBUSTER in the world will be offering movie lovers in Bend a 90s themed sleepover for a limited time—only on airbnb. who’s down? 👀https://t.co/dd4yz1UtZP pic.twitter.com/NJEZK2wxeW
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) August 11, 2020
Sandi tells CNN that she really wanted everything to be period-specific and that she had a hell of a time finding a big tube TV to play VHS movies. Sandi is probably on her way to becoming the next Newhart with all her B&B guests banging down her Blockbuster’s door. But she probably knows to expect that not all reviews will be five stars. That Airbnb looks like bait for aspiring Gen Z social media influencers, who will sadly have no idea what to do once they get inside. You have to put the movie in the machine? Yourself? And the TV won’t automatically suggest another movie when you’re done? One star!