Yes, you can still visit Blockbuster stores today

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Blockbuster Finally Bites the Dust, and More

It seems like just yesterday that a weekend wasn't complete without running to Blockbuster to pick up the perfect DVD and bucket of microwavable popcorn for a Friday night in.

But those are just memories of the past, right?

Not necessarily.

By November 2013, our aisle-strolling hearts were broken when Blockbuster announced its plan to close all of what remained of its company-owned storefronts (as well as to shut down its Netflix-style disc-by-mail service).

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But in El Paso, there was a way around the shutdown.

Four franchisee locations remained open, all of which were owned by Border Entertainment LLC, which is based out of Austin, TX.

An awesome look back at Blockbuster's success throughout the years:

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Yes, you can still visit Blockbuster stores today
Jamie Flores, second right, manager of a Blockbuster store in New York, prepares a sale on Friday, Dec. 24, 1999. Best-known for its video rentals, Blockbuster also sells videos and DVDs, as well as CDs, books and toys. Blockbuster will be open on Christmas Day to facilitate last-minute shopping by customers. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Aneta Kucharska, left, and Spence Bromberg look over the movies for sale at a Dallas Blockbuster store Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002. Blockbuster has become synomous with movie rentals, but most customers go elsewhere to buy videos and DVDs. The chain is responding by remodeling more than 4000 stores to put sales racks front and center. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
A Blockbuster video rental store is shown in Dallas, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004. Viacom Inc. announced that it plans to shed its controlling stake in Blockbuster, and take a $1.3 billion charge to write down the value of the business. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Chelsea Burns returns a video to a Dallas Blockbuster outlet before noon on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 to avoid late fees. After Jan. 1, 2005, Blockbuste Inc. plans to eliminate late fees on games and movies. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
A customer enters a Blockbuster video store in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. The state of New Jersey filed a consumer-protection lawsuit Friday charging that Blockbuster Inc. failed to disclose key terms in it's advertised end of late fees policy, including that overdue rentals are automatically converted to a sale on the eighth day after the due date. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
A customer looking at rental videos is seen through the window of a Blockbuster video store in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. The state of New Jersey filed a consumer-protection lawsuit Friday charging that Blockbuster Inc. failed to disclose key terms in it's advertised end of late fees policy, including that overdue rentals are automatically converted to a sale on the eighth day after the due date. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
Customers enter a Blockbuster video outlet in Dallas, Sunday evening, Aug. 7, 2005. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005 the video rental company said it fell to a loss in the second quarter after eliminating late fees cut into its overall revenue. In the latest three-month period, Blockbuster's loss was $57.2 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with income of $48.6 million, or 27 cents, the year before. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
A marquee announcing new releases, including Dimension Films' "Sin City," just 4 1/2 months from the end of its initial theatrical run, is seen at a Blockbuster Video store in Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005. A lackluster summer box office and slowing demand for DVDs have reignited a long-simmering disagreement between Hollywood studios and theater owners over how fast films go from the megaplex to Wal-Mart. Studios increasingly dependent on lucrative home video revenue are releasing movies on DVD faster than ever. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A customer looks at a selection of films for at the Blockbuster Video store in Los Angeles Thursday, March 9, 2006. Blockbuster Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit increased significantly as the video rental company cut costs, offsetting a revenue decline amid a drop-off in rentals and elimination of late fees. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
A customer walks through a Blockbuster store in Trooper, Pa., on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. Movie rental company Blockbuster Inc. said Tuesday its fourth-quarter earnings declined 28 percent on increased operating costs. (AP Photo/George Widman)
People walk into a Blockbuster video rental store in Dallas, Tuesday evening, July 24, 2007. Blockbuster Inc. said Thursday, July 26, 2007 it swung to a second-quarter loss as the video rental company spent heavily on its online business to compete with rival Netflix Inc. Its shares fell more than 3 percent. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
A customer holds her membership card outside the Blockbuster video store in Woodmere, Ohio, on Friday, May 9, 2008. Consumer electronics retailer Circuit City Stores said Friday that it will allow Blockbuster to review its books in connection with the video-rental chain's bid to buy the company. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
A Blockbuster store is seen in Barre, Vt., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. Troubled video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and said Thusrday, Sept. 23, it plans to keep stores and kiosks open as it reorganizes. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

But on March 26, Border Entertainment owner Alan Payne, announced the inevitable end of an era:

"It's been a great run, but over the past few years more and more people have changed how they watch movies. This has caused a gradual decline in sales that has necessitated our decision to close the stores. We hope everyone will come visit us over the next few weeks so we can thank them for 24 wonderful years. It's also the last chance to buy used movies and games from our very large inventories."

The El Paso locations will re-open on April 2nd for an everything-must-go clearance sale.

Border Entertainment plans to still operate stores in Texas and Alaska, and it's estimated that around 50 Blockbuster locations are still in business.

So if you're looking for one last stroll down those magical aisles, anything is possible--just like the movies.

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The Social Network

Based on the true story of Facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates and co-founders, this movie shows us how one idea can go from a thought in casual conversation to a world-dominating platform.

This film also brings to light the drama and behind-the-scenes tensions that arise when setting out to begin a new business or venture. We learn through Zuckerberg's faults in the movie that you must stay cognizant of your actions and the way that you treat people, or you may damage relationships with those closest to you. 

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If this picture queues the iconic theme song to start playing in your head, you're not alone. Rocky is the ultimate underdog story, one that can inspire even the most experienced of entrepreneurs.

When being called up to fight world champion Apollo Creed, Rocky sees an opportunity and does everything he can to make the most of it.

Through physical strength, Rocky exemplifies true mental strength that has us all rooting for him and the people, quite literally, in his corner. 

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Jerry Maguire

In a classic awakening of the conscience, sports agent Jerry McGuire decides to write a letter to his entire company about how the hunger for deals and a profit are making it easy for everyone to lose sight of who they are.

This gets McGuire fired, and he must start his own business. With only one star football player under his management, McGuire learns what it really means to love what you do while still being able to sustain an income and sense of morality. 

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Forrest Gump

This classic has so much to teach us about believing in ourselves, believing in others, and how there is literally no one who can tell you what you're capable of doing other than yourself. 

As someone who's mentally disadvantaged, Forrest lives a life that's anything but limited and does it all with a smile. His determination is admirable, and at the very least, this movie will remind you to never give up on the things you want the most. Mental fortitude is the most important thing.

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Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the girl you can't help but root for, right from the opening scene at the start of this movie. After getting her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend (whom she thought would soon be her fiancé), she learns that he'll be attending Harvard Law school in the fall.

Determined to both get him back and prove to him she's more than just a dumb blonde, Elle works harder than she's ever worked before (with the help of everyone she knows and loves), gets accepted to Harvard and finds herself on the defendant side of a high profile court case that forever changes her life and career.

Elle teaches us how to pool our resources and connections to get to our goals. The film also reminds us about how important friends and family are to have as a support system when you're taking on an endeavor that most people expect you to fail at.

Plus, she shows us that the seemingly impossible can become possible if you're willing to smile through it (and maybe if you put on a little pink!)

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Charlotte's Web

A classic tale of friendship and trust, Charlotte's Web will always inevitably give you all the feels. It reminds us all that by being kind and by simply being someone's friend, you can make all the difference.

The people who find the most success and get to where they need to be are the people who care deeply for others and expect nothing in return.

The film, as does the novel, can make anyone see that the relationships we build along the way become the best investments that we make.

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The Intern 

This 2015 movie starring Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway is feel-good film about a 70-year-old retiree named Ben Whittaker who, recently widowed, is looking to come out of retirement for something fun to do. When he sees a posting for am"senior internship", Ben believes he's the perfect fit.

Ben works under the owner of a fashion website (played by Hathaway) and the two form an incredible, honest bond. Their friendship shows that the most successful partnerships and ventures come from the most unexpected places. 

It's a nice reminder that hard work, positive mentality and kindness will always be in style, no matter how old or young you are. 

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