You can rent a movie and then rent the store to watch it in.
Back in the day, there was nothing quite like heading to Blockbuster on Friday night to rent a few flicks to watch over the weekend. Now, even thought I have, like, 37 subscriptions to streaming services right at my fingertips. However, I wouldn't mind hopping in the car and running over to Blockbuster to meander up and down the aisles aimlessly, finally settling on something I've probably already seen a million times, and grabbing a pack of Dots on the way out. I guess the only thing more rad than that would be if you could just stay at the store and watch your rented piece of cinema.
Well, now you can - the world's last remaining Blockbuster is now available for rent on Airbnb.
Starting August 17 at 1 p.m. PST on Airbnb, Deschutes County residents can book a nostalgic 90s sleepover at Blockbuster by requesting to book one of the three individual, one-night reservations that will take place on September 18, 19 and 20. While a movie rental will cost you $3.99, for just a penny more you can book one of these stays for $4 (plus taxes and fees) for an unlimited movie marathon.
Sandi will be your Airbnb host and will stock the shelves with all the movies your heart could desire before handing over the keys. But, before dusting off those Blockbuster membership cards and jumping into the minivan for this end of summer stay, all guests who book should adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines around wearing masks and social distancing in a public space.
Interested guests should also note host rules that are in adherence with local guidelines, including that those who request to book must be Deschutes County residents and come from the same household to minimize risk. This private sleepover has been planned with safety in mind, and guests can rest assured knowing that the store will be cleaned and prepared in accordance with CDC guidelines and consistent with the Airbnb enhanced cleaning protocol.
After the final guests check out, Blockbuster customers can check out the living room space during store hours for a limited time. If you aren’t among the few to snag these bookings or visit—because you’re somewhere else in the world—but are in need of a fresh movie suggestion, host Sandi has you covered! Call the store’s number at +1 (541) 385-9111 to take advantage of the store’s Callgorithm. Tell the staff what you like and don’t like, and a real human will give you tailored recommendations. Or to score some gear to further support the store during this challenging time, visit their online shop here.
To celebrate the last Blockbuster in the world and its community, Airbnb will make a donation to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, a longtime partner of the store close to Sandi’s heart. If you find yourself aching to relive the glory days of home entertainment, you can request to book* these stays beginning on August 17 at 1 p.m. PST on airbnb.com/BLOCKBUSTER.
- Matt Bishop