Monday, September 23, 2019

Bend it Like Blockbuster

The last Blockbuster is still going strong in Bend OR...
Have I slipped through a bend in time?
See what I did up there in that caption?

Bend Oregon is home to the very last Blockbuster on all of earth. At one time the video chain -- with its instantly recognizable yellow and blue logo -- had 9000 outlets.

The end of the chain came in the form of digital media which supplanted DVDs and BluRays as the media format of choice. Combined with streaming services such as Netflix video stores disappeared quickly.

That said, this Blockbuster still has a steady and loyal customer base. It also survives on its reputation as a must-see tourist attraction in Bend.

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