Blockbuster Video has closed its doors nationwide, with the store closing its last 300 corporate-owned locations on Saturday, November 9, 2013. It ends a run as one of the country’s largest video stores, and it marks the end of an era. No more will you be able to drive a few miles and rent videos from a giant video store. Of course, there are still local video stores, Family Video still exists, and there are Red Box locations at every other fast food restaurant and grocery store, but unless you live near these things, the video rental era is over, brought down by Netflix, Internet piracy, and general malaise. With the shutdown at the stroke of midnight, it’s only fitting that the last Blockbuster rental was the Seth Rogen/James Franco apocalypse comedy This Is The End.
The last rental took place in Hawaii at 11 PM on November 9. Blockbuster tweeted out the last rental notice on its Twitter account, which–fittingly–has not been updated since. I guess this is the end for Blockbuster, gone the way of all sorts of other relics of history.
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