I remember watching my first rental movie when I was six years old. We had low ceilings, and that pizza left an unholy stain. Every time I saw it I thought of Poltergeist. In , I was 33 years old, living in the small city of Bend and looking for a part-time job to help support our young family.
Blockbuster , officially Blockbuster LLC and also known as Blockbuster Video ,  was an American-based provider of home movie and video game rental services. Services were offered primarily at video rental shops , but later alternatives included DVD-by-mail , streaming , video on demand , and cinema theater. At its peak in , Blockbuster consisted of 9, stores and employed approximately 84, people worldwide — 58, in the United States and 25, in other countries. Poor leadership and competition from Netflix 's mail-order service, Redbox automated kiosks, and video on demand services were major factors leading up to Blockbuster's eventual demise. The company began to lose significant revenue during the late s, and the company filed for bankruptcy protection in Although corporate support for the brand ended, Dish retained a small number of franchise agreements, enabling some privately owned franchises to remain open. Following a series of closures, with the most recent occurring in at a location in Western Australia ,  only one store remains open in Bend, Oregon.
In appreciation for all that the local community has recently done to support the last-of-its-kind during these uncertain times, this end of summer sleepover will offer movie lovers in Deschutes County the chance for a 90s-themed stay to relive the bygone Friday night tradition just as we remember it. Starting August 17 at 1 p. Sandi will be your Airbnb host and will stock the shelves with all the movies your heart could desire before handing over the keys. Interested guests should also note host rules that are in adherence with local guidelines, including that those who request to book must be Deschutes County residents and come from the same household to minimize risk. This private sleepover has been planned with safety in mind, and guests can rest assured knowing that the store will be cleaned and prepared in accordance with CDC guidelines and consistent with the Airbnb enhanced cleaning protocol. Or to score some gear to further support the store during this challenging time, visit their online shop here. PST on airbnb. About Us Media Assets Contact. Get updates and announcements from Airbnb Newsroom in your inbox.
BEND, Ore. KTVZ -- A visit to the world's last Blockbuster in Bend can be a blast from the past -- if only for a few fleeting moments of finding and renting that new or favorite movie. But what if you could spend the night in a sleepover, watching movies to your heart's content? The Bend store is the last remaining Blockbuster in the world. In recent years, its business model had to compete with video-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But store Manager Sandi Harding, who has operated the Bend store since , told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday the Bend community has kept the business going. Starting Monday, Aug. Mattie Zazueta, an Airbnb representative, told NewsChannel 21 there have been other iconic listings in the past, including a Goodyear blimp and a Barbie Malibu Dream House, but he said this is the first listing for a functioning video store. There are some rules, though. The reservations are only open to residents of Deschutes County and only four guests per household are allowed per reservation.