Sandi Harding has found a way to do the impossible: keep the world’s final Blockbuster open for business amongst a plethora of video-streaming options.
The Last Blockbuster, a landmark in Bend, Oregon, has just announced that it will be renting its store for those looking to spend the night in movie heaven, as an Airbnb.
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With more film aficionados and time-killers turning to digital rentals and streaming with the upheaval of the brick and mortar economy, Harding had to look for other options to stay afloat.
“I’ve seen the highs and lows of this business, but nothing can replace going to the store with loved ones to browse the shelves and find a movie that suits whatever mood you’re in,” writes Harding on the Airbnb page.
Within the store, they’ve set up a wonderful living-room environment where guests can peruse the shelves for the perfect flick before curling up on the couch to bask in the Blockbuster ambiance.
“Whether you want to stay up until sunrise or pass out on the couch, we’ve created the perfect space complete with a pull-out couch, bean bags and pillows for you to cozy up with ‘new releases’ from the ‘90s.”
“Our BLOCKBUSTER store is open because of the incredible local community in Bend, and we’ve been grateful to have the support of those beyond our town as the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our business. To celebrate and pay it forward in this tradition of support, Airbnb will make a donation to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, a longtime partner of ours.”
All of the dates listed from August 17 to 20 have been snatched up, but the wild and immediate success of this fun time-travelling endeavour may just open up the flood gates for more opportunities to check in, and check out of this unique experience.
For more information or to hopefully secure a stay, keep your eyes peeled on The Last Blockbuster Airbnb page.