The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing. This leaves just one lonely Blockbuster Video in OR, which might as well be turned into a museum at this point.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", he wrote.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.
Although the store manager had, at the time, hoped the publicity stunt would lead to a spike in business, the curiosity proved not to be enough. What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us. Blockbuster shuttered most of their stores years ago, but a few stragglers remained. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store. Now, the lone remaining Blockbuster store is in OR, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The last two Blockbuster Video locations in Alaska will rent their last video on Sunday, July 15, 2018, apparently leaving the last Blockbuster Video in Bend, Ore.
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver wanted to help out, so in May, he sent the second Anchorage store some Russell Crowe movie memorabilia, including a leather jockstrap he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man".
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Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way.
Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
The store also posted a video of two people carrying a candle and setting it in front of the store.
"We have no plans on closing anytime soon", Harding added. Their relative popularity is often attributed to the fact that Alaska's internet quality is too poor for many people to take advantage of streaming services like Netflix.
The owner of the Alaska stores said he determined nine months ago that renewing the remaining store leases wouldn't make financial sense. "It just seems a little insane".