Last two Blockbusters in Alaska are closing, even after Russell Crowe memorabilia

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

While most states lost their Blockbuster locations years ago, Alaska had held onto the brand. Maybe, Blockbuster should have hopped on the streaming train along with Amazon, Apple, and other companies that chose to step into the new age.

Chains like Movie Gallery, Video King, and Hollywood Video have also collapsed as the market has shifted dramatically toward streaming, although Family Video remains a thriving enterprise with over 700 locations in North America.

That leave one last Blockbuster location open in the United States, in Bend, Oregon. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections. The owners told Deadline that while the stores are still profitable, the money they're making is rapidly declining, and it wouldn't make financial sense to renew the leases.

At the peak of Blockbuster's popularity there were more than 9,000 locations dotting the US. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century.

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The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010. In 2013, the store said it would shut down 300 stores and cut 3,000 jobs.

"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello, '" the final two shops" managers posted in a Facebook announcement on Thursday.

The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991.

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", Daymude said.

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"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years".

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down".

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store".

"Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us", she said.

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