Well, it happened. Blockbuster is officially dead–kinda. The last Blockbuster store, located in Bend, Oregon, has now become an Airbnb, which means that people can actually pay to spend the night in a Blockbuster. It’s a bit disappointing to see that it’s no longer an actual store, but at least it potentially could be preserved (hopefully) for some time to come.
So what does spending a night in Blockbuster actually look like? You’ll find, of course, a big TV and VCR, a pull-out couch for a very sleepover-themed stay, a corded phone, bean bag chairs, and glorious rows upon rows of movies to watch, PopSugar writes. On the Airbnb page, the manager Sandi Harding wrote, “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!” Spending the night is surprisingly cheap, too, only $4. But there’s a catch. The only people who can rent out the Airbnb are Oregon residents, which means that it’s less likely that the store-turned-residence will become a major tourist trap, which is important especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
Movie fans can start booking on August 17 for the three different dates that the store will be available on, September 18th through September 20th. As Harding says, people can now relive their Blockbuster memories and “let loose, blast the boombox and wear your favorite ‘90s denim so that you feel right at home in another era.” And for those looking to book, just know that masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available and that Airbnb will be making a donation to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. And if you’re not an Oregon resident, you can actually make a call to Blockbuster’s “Callgorithm” for movie recommendations. Or, you can buy Blockbuster merch. We’re still wondering, does this signal the end of Blockbuster, or a possible lifeline?