Your kids may not know about the laminated blue and yellow Blockbuster card, but you sure do. In fact, if you’re like us, some of your greatest memories are perusing the Blockbuster aisles looking at all the VCR boxes before settling on the one flick you’d get to bring home that weekend (oops, I think we just dated ourselves with VCR?). Fast-forward to 2020 and you can now rent the last Blockbuster store for an epic movie night sleepover. Read on for the scoop on this Airbnb Blockbuster rental.
The Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon is a throwback to the ’90s, replete with a pull-out couch and bean bags and pillows. Renters will enjoy everything they need for a classic ’90s movie night. According to the Airbnb listing, “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.”
Stay the entire night or watch movies until you can’t keep your eyes open anymore. Rest assured you’ll have the store to yourself from check-in to check-out, with the entire space sanitized in compliance with Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol.
And, the price is a throwback, too: each night costs only $4, a penny more than the Blockbuster rental fee.
The catch? Because of COVID-19, you must be a resident of Deschutes County. For those lucky enough to live nearby, set your clocks for Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. PST when the rental becomes available to book.
For those who can’t live out their ’90s nostalgic dreams, shop some throwback swag to help support the store’s staff and community here. And then scroll down for an inside the shop.