Now, Airbnb can rent the last physical Blockbuster store in the world, which is a lonely store in Oregon since the day the video chain became king.
Airbnb’s Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the Blockbuster account-which has been dormant since 2014-was briefly resurrected from the dead, showing the world that this “90s-themed overnight stay” is not a joke.
The Bend, Oregon store is the only physical blockbuster restaurant in the world, and only residents of Deschutes County, where Bend is located, are eligible to start on August 17 Book Airbnb listings.
The list points out that for $4 per night, up to four people can enjoy “the same social movie night as in past decades” on September 18, 19, or 20.
In the Airbnb listing, all the decorations of the COVID-19 era-masks, disinfectants and a lot of hand sanitizer-and all the nostalgia of the Blockbuster store in the 90s, including snacks such as NERDS and Raisinets.
Bend’s blockbuster has been in use since 2004, but an annual fee must be paid to continue to use its name, which is owned by Dish Network. It has only 12 employees, including Sandi Harding, the general manager responsible for buying all the movies.
Bend’s Blockbuster is often welcomed by a group of local fans and tourists who are keen to appreciate the nostalgic value of this store. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bend’s Blockbuster has previously provided roadside delivery services. Harding (sometimes called “Bombshell Mom”) told Oregon Real Time News that the Airbnb event appeared to thank supporters who chose to flock to them instead of relying solely on Netflix and other streaming services.
Harding said: “We can’t survive without a tenant coming every week.” He added that because of the coronavirus, “people want to feel good, and for some people, Blockbuster makes them feel better.”
In 2004, the same year that Bend opened, Blockbuster had approximately 9,000 stores worldwide and employed 60,000 employees during its heyday. In March 2019, Australia’s last blockbuster was closed, making Bend the ultimate physical warehouse for all the memories of the 90s blockbusters.
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