There is now just one Blockbuster Video left standing on the planet

Sorry, Australian video fans.

Image: Marvel Studios / Captain Marvel

Marvel is about to stoke some serious Nineties nostalgia this week. The movie studio's latest blockbuster, Captain Marvel, take place in 1995. To get that setting clearly across to viewers, the first shot seen in the trailer showed the superhero crashing through the roof of Blockbuster Video. Nothing screams Clinton Era quite like white shelves stocked with videocassettes and bags of popcorn at the checkout.

If Captain Marvel were to take place in the modern world, the plot would have to center around Bend, Oregon. Because as of April 2019, just one Blockbuster location will remain in the Central Oregon city.

Earlier this week, the Australian Associated Press reported that the Blockbuster in Perth, Western Australia, would shut down at the end of the month.

"We put in a pretty good effort to be the last one in Australia, I suppose, but it was going to happen eventually and now is the time," store co-owner Lyn Borszeky told the AAP. 

Meanwhile, the Bend, Oregon, location remains to rent movies and serve as a selfie-ready tourist attraction.

If you're a fan of the brand, you might want to make the pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest sooner than later.

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gatorgirl 16 days ago
"Nothing screams Clinton Era quite like white shelves stocked with videocassettes and bags of popcorn at the checkout." .......give me a break! Clinton Era screams cigars, beret, and lying under oath - this is the true Clinton Era!
UTZAAKE 16 days ago
When I lived in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood during the late-1990s, there were two Blockbuster Videos within walking distance. One was just a few yards east of my studio apartment, and the other is now the DePaul University Welcome Center.
Lucyneenah19701 17 days ago
This is too bad. I remember Blockbuster Video. I used to go there a lot when I was a teenager in the 80's.
Lantern 17 days ago
Back in 1978, a former co-worker of mine left SoCal for Reno, where she and her husband were going to open the first video rental place in that town. I'm sure that Blockbuster eventually put them out of business, but there must be no end to their satisfaction that it's now happened to Blockbuster.
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