The world’s last BLOCKBUSTER store in Bend, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes)
Since 2004, manager Sandi Harding has kept the world’s last BLOCKBUSTER store in Bend, Oregon, running smoothly while retaining a 1990s flavor. This month, in appreciation for her loyal customers in Deschutes County, where the store is located, she listed the store on Airbnb for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
County residents can rent the store for a 1990s themed summer sleepover. For $4 plus taxes and fees, they can relive the Friday night movie rental tradition, except they can watch as many movies as they want during their stay. Compared to a single movie rental at $3.99, it’s quite a deal!
The nights available are September 18, 19, and 20. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and will be available starting Monday, August 17, at 1 p.m. Pacific time at airbnb.com/BLOCKBUSTER.
Guests staying at BLOCKBUSTER must follow Airbnb’s COVID safety guidelines, which include wearing masks and keeping a six-foot distance.
Get more details about this sleepover at this Airbnb page.
After the final guests check out, the rooms will stay open for a limited time so that BLOCKBUSTER customers and visitors can take a peek.
One of the sleepover rooms that will be available in September 2020 at the world’s last BLOCKBUSTER store in Bend, Oregon (photo credit: BLOCKBUSTER)
If you’re looking for fresh movie suggestions, BLOCKBUSTER has a service for everyone. Call the store at (541) 385-9111 to access the Callgorithm. Tell the staff what you like and don’t like, and a real human will give you tailored recommendations.
You can also buy gear, such as T-shirts, keyrings, sweatpants, magnets, and a BLOCKBUSTER game to support the store. Check out the merchandise and order at the online shop.
BLOCKBUSTER is located at 211 NE Revere Avenue in Bend, 175 miles southeast of Portland.
A sign at the world’s last BLOCKBUSTER store in Bend, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes)