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Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth
Running the last Blockbuster Video on Earth poses a challenge.
The computer system must be restarted using a general manager-only floppy disk
A solid member of Generation X
Know how to use. The dot-
The matrix printer is broken, so the employee has a handwritten membership card.
Business transactions in the store are backed up on reelsto-
Reel tapes that cannot be replaced because the Shack out went down.
However, with the advent of on-none of these have kept this humble franchise at the Oregon strip mall thriving
The demand movie stream is wasted everywhere around it.
When a blockbuster in Australia closes for the last time in March 31, the Bend store will be the only remaining one on Earth.
\"This is pure stubbornness for a person.
We don\'t want to give in, \"said general manager Sandy Harding, who has worked at the franchise company for 15 years and has received a lot of credit for keeping it alive by the due date.
\"We do everything we can to reduce costs and keep them relevant.
\"The store used to be one of five blockbusters owned by the same couple Ken and Debbie Tisher in three towns in central Oregon.
But so far last year, the Bunde series was the last blockbuster in the area.
Tight budget means no money to update the surviving stores.
Now there\'s a nostalgic factor that stops first --
Visitors of a certain age on their tracks: popcorn ceiling, low fluorescent lighting, wire metal video rack and ubiquitous yellowand-
The blue ticket root sign is the touchstone of a generation\'s culture.
\"I think most people are thinking about renting videos --
If they\'re the right age
\"They don\'t remember the movies they went to pick, but they remember who they went with and the freedom to walk in the aisle, A local resident is making a documentary about the store with a friend called the last blockbuster \".
\"In many towns, the blockbuster is the only place to open up before 9, and a lot of places are open until midnight, so kids who are not hooligans will come here to watch movies and then fall in love with movies.
\"The Bend store has been a local video store for eight years and then converted into a blockbuster in 2000, when the high desert city was still a small-
The town feels like a match.
Customers keep coming back and are attracted by special suggestions such as employee suggestions. The video\'s \"wish list\" can be added to the rental choice or even delivered to the door for some special customers who can\'t drive in.
Over the years, dozens of teenagers have worked there.
Then, on 2010, Blockbuster declared bankruptcy, and by 2014, all companies-
All the shops are closed.
This forced the local franchise to take care of itself and they closed down one by one.
When stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, closed last summer --
Barely surpassed a store in Redmond, Oregon.
Bend\'s blockbuster is the only American film. S. location left.
Tourists began to take selfies here, and business began to improve.
Harding ordered the blue one. and-
T-shirt, yellow shirt
The shirts, cups, magnets, bumper stickers, hats and socks caps of the local vendors are printed with the words \"The last blockbuster in the United States\" and they are off the shelf.
Then, this month, she received a call: in Perth, Australia, the only other blockbuster in the world is about to close. A new T-
Shirt order out.
The slogan for this time is \"The last blockbuster on Earth \"--
The store has already ushered in a new wave of selfies.
Attract tourists from Europe and Asia.
On a recent working day, Michael Trovato of Melbourne, Australia visited him while visiting his twin sister in Bend.
Trovato said after taking photos that he missed choosing a movie meant browsing hundreds of titles and asking the video clerk to provide insight rather than having the movie --
The streaming service recommended him one based on computer algorithms.
\"I miss being able to walk into a blockbuster or CD store and experience that social experience and see people looking at things and talking to people,\" Trovato said . \".
\"It\'s something you can\'t get from music services or the Internet.
\"The Bend store doesn\'t seem to be in danger of closing soon.
Its newly acquired reputation is a dose of a heart shot, customers pouring in to buy $40 jerseys, $20 T-shirts
Even $15 yellow shirtand-
Blue Bean hands-
It\'s Harding\'s own.
The store paid the Dish Network for the rights to use the Blockbuster logo, and its lease has a few years left.
People send old VHS tapes and DVDs to the store on a regular basis.
They also donated a lot of souvenirs: a denim jacket, a key chain and an old membership card.
Staff always give thanks
Manager Dan Montgomery said.
Recently, Harding noticed another customer who brought her hope: the new generation of children were dragged in by nostalgic parents who later left happily, take a bunch of rented movies and a bunch of candy.
Jerry Gillis and his wife Elizabeth took their two children, John, 3, and Alan, 5, watch their brothers and sisters jump in a row and grab \"Peter Pan\" and \"Lion King\" to measure Dinosaur Comics.
\"How can we not stop it being the last one,\" Gillis said as he made a detour to the store while vacationing from Memphis, Tennessee.
\"They need to see that not everything is on the iPad. ”——
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