There is only one Blockbuster still surviving in the entire United States. Here's what it's like to visit.

  • Blockbuster is almost down to a single location in the entire United States: a shop in Bend, Oregon. 
  • On Thursday, Blockbuster announced that the final two locations in Alaska would close next week. 
  • The Bend, Oregon location is both beloved by locals and a hot spot for nostalgic tourists eager to see the last Blockbuster in America. 

Blockbuster's last stand in the United States is in Bend, Oregon. 

On Thursday, Blockbuster Alaska announced that the last two stores in the state would be closing up shop next week. That will leave just one remaining Blockbuster location in the entire United States. 

The holdout is in Bend, a city in central Oregon with an estimated population just shy of 100,000. As the final Blockbuster locations across the US have finally closed up shop β€” with two other Blockbusters in Oregon closing in recent months β€” travelers have begun making their way to Bend in a nostalgic pilgrimage to the video rental chain. 

For Blockbuster lovers desperately missing the store and for video-rental virgins raised on Netflix, here's what it's like to visit the last remaining Blockbuster in the US: 

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Blockbuster is almost down to a single location in the entire United States: a shop in Bend, Oregon.

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Bend's Blockbuster sign is instantly recognizable and a guaranteed nostalgia trigger for any child of the '90s.

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Last Blockbuster in the lower 48 😎

Inside, the store remains the same, though videotapes have been swapped for DVDs.

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Blockbuster still exists! #bendoregon #blockbuster #blockbustervideo

You can still open a membership and rent movies for a $30 monthly fee.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Some locals continue to depend on Blockbuster to rent movies, even in the age of Netflix.
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This Christmas I visited an archeological dig. #amazing #blockbuster #blockbustervideo #thelastblockbuster #bendoregon #bend

"I think it's really neat that we still have one," Sharon Schoettler told The Bend Bulletin. "I love the selection. They have a little bit of everything." 

Source: Bend Bulletin

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1 year ago, and this store is still open and it’s one of the last remaining stores! #blockbuster #bendoregon

However, much of the store's notoriety comes from out-of-towners who are amazed that a Blockbuster remains open.
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It's going down 🎬♥️ #itsmellslikethe90sinhere#blockbusternight#stoked#thankyouoregon#movietime

One Yelp review of the location says: "HOLY CRAP! A LIVING, BREATHING, GOD HONEST BLOCKBUSTER! My kids were clueless, my wife and I ecstatic...we took pictures, we wandered around in amazement at the sight...we took in the smell...YES...IT EVEN HAS THAT BLOCKBUSTER SMELL of popcorn and boxed candies and plastic cases."

Source: Yelp

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I’m told it’s the last one on the continental us. For those born after the Y2K this was once a titan in the home movie industry and is now a casualty to Netflix. #blockbustervideo #onlyinbend #bendoregon #bend

Sandi Harding, the store manager, said she even gets requests from people asking her to mail them a Blockbuster card.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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“Does anyone still go to blockbuster?” 🀦🏻‍β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ»πŸ’ΏπŸ“€πŸ“ΌπŸŽžπŸ“½πŸ“Ί #blockbuster #bendoregon #workmode

Harding said she believes Blockbuster remains relevant despite the rise of streaming services.
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So I guess my superpower is #timetravel #blockbuster #1998 #bladerunner2049

"We have loyal customers, and because of them, we've been able to stay open longer than most other locally owned Blockbusters across America," Harding told the local news station KBND earlier this year.

 Source: KBND

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I don't know why I'm so fascinated with this but I am. A real live Blockbuster. I wonder if they rent VHS still. #oldschool #bend #oregon

But there is a reason beyond relevance that the Bend Blockbuster has managed to stay alive as other locations have perished.
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this is what my day off consists of 🀩

According to Harding, the location's owner owns the portion of the building, meaning the store doesn't have to worry about paying rent.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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We made our weekly pilgrimage to Blockbuster, working our way through their collection of Miyazaki films πŸ‘Œ and the odd drama or comedy 😍 something about those rows of movies is just so relaxing πŸ˜… . . . . . . . . . . . . #blockbuster #dinosaur #fossil #antique #movienight #datenight #bend #oregon #adventure #explore #travel #miyazaki #anime #studioghibli

Still, the Blockbuster is fighting an uphill battle to remain open.
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The last unicorn! #blockbuster #thisisreallife #theysaiditwasdead

If you want to see the lone survivor, you better start your road trip soon before it is also forced to close up shop.
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Random find last night when looking for my hotel. What a surprise! They still exist...at least in Oregon #solareclipse2017

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