World’s Last Blockbuster Becomes an Airbnb
Locals can now spend the night at Blockbuster for only $4.
You can now spend the night at the world’s last Blockbuster store!
Airbnb is offering sleepovers at the last Blockbuster located in Bend, Oregon. From Sept. 18 through 20, Deschutes County residents can book a one-night stay, and only four guests per household are allowed per night.
On the “End of Summer Sleepover at the Last Blockbuster” post on Airbnb, Sandi Harding, the store’s owner since 2004, announced that visitors will have the entire place to themselves for $4, a penny more than a regular movie rental for $3.99.
Harding wrote, “Hey Deschutes County residents! Dust off those membership cards for a sleepover inside the world’s last Blockbuster. 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!” Harding also thanked her regulars who helped keep the store afloat prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the last standing location in the world, our Blockbuster store is an ode to movie magic, simpler times, and the sense of community that could once be found in Blockbuster locations around the world,” Harding also wrote. “Over the past few months, we’ve been missing the regular visits from friends, neighbors, and tourists from around the world. So, we’re opening our store to three quarantine pods of Deschutes County guests for a socially-distanced movie night, just like those of decades past!”
The Blockbuster will also maintain COVID-19 pandemic precautions, such as enforcing Airbnb’s deep cleaning protocol and making sure the store is equipped with face coverings, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. The store will also provide unlimited access to its movie library, snacks, a pull-out couch, and bean bags for that late-night binge-watching. After the reservations are over, customers can visit the living room space for a limited time but until then, be sure to purchase Blockbuster merch to support the staff and community!