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Blockbuster lives! And it’s even renting out its last store for ’90s nights

Inside the last Blockbuster store on Earth. Photo: Blockbuster Oregon/Airbnb
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Is 2020 proving a bit too much?

The last Blockbuster store on the planet is offering guests a chance to roll back the clock to simpler times with a 1990s themed sleepover.

An Airbnb listing for the holdout video rental shop in the north-western US state of Oregon promises to convert the store into a makeshift living room “with a pull-out couch, bean bags and pillows for you to cosy up with ‘new releases’ from the ’90s”.

For just $US4 a night, four spaces will be available over three nights in September.

The store at Bend, Oregon. Photo: Airbnb

“When you call dibs on this stay, you’re booking a night back in the ’90s, but this time you won’t have to beg your parents to rent the latest horror flick – we’ll give you the keys to the entire store!” it promised.

The store in Bend, Oregon is the last of a chain that boasted more than 9000 worldwide outlets at its peak in the early 2000s.

Blockbuster suffered a precipitous decline with the advent of streaming platforms such as Netflix.

But residents of Bend have remained loyal to its time-honoured process of browsing for physical DVDs and VHS tapes before returning them through a slot days later.

It has also become a popular tourist destination.

The latest 1990s tech is available for the throwback to the 1990s. Photo: Airbnb

In recent years, an endless stream of nostalgic fans have posed for selfies outside, and popped in to buy kitsch confectionary and view retro movie memorabilia including Russell Crowe’s jacket from Les Miserables.

But with the pandemic stifling tourism, “we’ve been missing the regular visits from friends, neighbours and tourists from around the world,” the listing said.

The advert promises to sanitise the store before each set of guests arrive, and provide face coverings, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser as well as free snacks and video games.

“And remember, the store is all yours for the night!” it says.

“So let loose, blast the boombox and wear your favourite ’90s denim so that you feel right at home in another era.”