If you’re a millennial, Blockbuster Video was probably a prominent part of your childhood. And there was once about 9,000 of the video rental chain’s stores around the world but today, thanks to a society enamored with streaming platforms and Video On Demand, just one Blockbuster remains – and it’s now available to rent, for the price of a VHS rental, on Airbnb.
The popular vacation rental company announced recently that it’s offering three one-night stays at the nostalgic business in late September for up to four people. The cost of staying overnight at the Bend location is just $4, before additional taxes and fees, about the same price it charged to borrow a copy of Euro Trip back in 2004. If you’re one of the lucky ones selected, you’ll get to run the world’s last Blockbuster, which has been slightly redesigned for a more 90s-themed look. However, it features one sofa bed and one air mattress, so be prepared to snuggle up with your friends.
And don’t worry, the listing offers suggestions as to how exactly you could pass the time:
“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. Crack open a two-liter of Pepsi before locking into a video game, charting your future in a game of MASH, or watching movie after movie. But be wary of reciting “Bloody Mary” in the staff bathroom off of the break room, as you just may summon the ghost rumored to haunt the store. And help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.”
To make sure it’s a safe environment in this COVID-19 era, the Blockbuster store will be cleaned prior to arrival per Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The store will also provide a pack of face coverings, disinfectant wipes and as much sanitizer as you could ever need.
Oddly enough, the announcement for this sleepover came on the same day that Blockbuster’s official Twitter account posted its first message in close to six years. Could this be the sign of something to come? This particular store has become a tourist attraction around the area after the other final locations in Alaska closed in 2018 and it even became the subject of a brand new documentary entitled The Last Blockbuster. The film features interviews with Kevin Smith, Ione Skye and Sandi Harding, the person on the Airbnb listing who has served as the privately-owned store’s general manager since 2004.
Booking for the nights of Sept. 18, 19, or 20 begins on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. PT. Good luck and start thinking about what film you’d pull off of the shelf to watch first. And, who knows, maybe they’ll have a bottle or two of 10 Barrel Brewing Company’s The Last Blockbuster beer lying around somewhere.