This is every '90s baby's wildest dream come true: three lucky movie fans will be able to spend the night at the world's last Blockbuster store.
The world’s last Blockbuster, located in Bend, Oregon, is celebrating the store’s twentieth anniversary by opening up their location as an Airbnb, where anyone who is in the area and wants to “make it a Blockbuster night,” can book the store for only $4 for a night of movies, popcorn, and nostalgia.
"With everybody being stuck at home and re-experiencing family time together, we thought it would be fun to enjoy some family time in a throwback '90s environment," said Sandi Harding, the store’s manager since 2004.
Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic complicated Harding’s plans to open up the store for overnight stays, but she and her team have already worked it out, and the store will be available for Airbnb guests for three separate one-night stays, from September 18 to the 20th. Bookings will start on August 17th.
In keeping with CDC regulations and guidelines, the store will be open for a maximum of four guests per night in what they are calling the "End of Summer Sleepover at The Last Blockbuster." It will be set up with a sofa bed, “chunky” TV, VCR, free snacks, and the freedom to choose any movie in the store.
On August 11th, 2020, Airbnb’s Twitter account shared the news, and later that day, Blockbuster’s Twitter account reemerged with a “Just checking in” tweet, the first in over six years, which quickly went viral, with fans from all over the world itching to tell the ‘90s institution just what it is that we are dealing with in 2020. Only a few hours later, the account posted: “Ok, we’ve seen enough. Checking out.” And it is safe to say that this brief interaction will alert many Blockbuster lovers about the Airbnb experience that will be available soon.
This Blockbuster, a Bend, Oregon, institution, has been enjoying cult fame for years, since it is the last store of the beloved video chain and offers fans a unique opportunity to step back in time and feel the magic of the Blockbuster experience once again. They also sell store merchandise online, so even if you’re not in Oregon, you can buy everything from tote bags and t-shirts, to keychains and sunglasses.