Before Netflix.. Before Hulu.. Before Amazon.. Before Redbox.. There was Blockbuster. Blockbuster rented out its final movie on Saturday, November 9 in Hawaii. I'll admit this news made me a little sad. Being a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, I have a lot of fond memories of the video store with the blue and yellow logo.
No one ever ran into Blockbuster, grabbed a movie and left. Going to pick out your movie(s) was an event. You were there for well over an hour, went down every aisle and looked at every new release at least twice. You always talked your parents into buying a few snacks. And, more often than not, you were in your pajamas.
I remember renting instructional cheerleading videos with fellow teammate Stacey. We went back to her house and mimicked the moves in her living room. I remember my first boyfriend Randall driving me to Blockbuster. We would walk around forever just to end up renting something we'd never watch. We were too busy making out. One time, he actually picked out The Adventures of Milo and Otis. To this day, I snort any time I think about this. Nine times out of ten, my mom picked a Julia Roberts movie. Seriously, how many times can one woman see Sleeping with the Enemy?
Fun Blockbuster Facts:
1985 - first store opened
1987 - won court case against Nintendo which paved the way for video game rentals
1990s - purchased by Viacom for $8.4 billion & expanded to the UK
2000 - turned down an offer to buy a one-year-old company called Netflix for $50 million
2005 - introduced online DVD subscriptions
2010 - filed for bankruptcy
2011 - acquired by Dish
2013 - closing all remaining US stores
Blockbuster's Final In Store Rental - 2013 comedy This Is the End
Now, if I want to watch a movie at home, it's quick and painless.
I ask you. What's the fun in that?