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Bend is home to last Blockbuster in US

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Ivan Hill | 14 July, 2018, 05:28

Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections.

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager who said lease increases ultimately led to the demise of these final two stores: one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks.

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"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", Daymude said.

She credited the store's "amazing, loyal customers" for the store's longevity.

Not even a shout out from John Oliver, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, could prevent the once popular video rental chain from going completely extinct.

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In its report, the Anchorage Daily News confirmed with Border Entertainment, a Texas-based holding company that operated all of Alaska's Blockbuster stores, that closure plans had been in the works before the end of 2017.

Blockbuster Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" at a Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010. Streaming took hold, and people realized they could just beam movies right into their damn TVs instead of putting on some sweatpants and driving to an actual store. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store. And there's just not enough incentive to keep it going.

Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores.

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