For anyone below the age of 20, the idea of a store where people paid money to rent movies seems as ancient as the barter system. But before Netflix and streaming sites, that's what people had to do. In fact, there was even a store known as "Blockbuster" which built a video rental empire that spanned across the United States.
However, Blockbuster failed to innovate and went bankrupt several years ago. But that doesn't mean they're all gone. According to the Washington Post, there are at least 10 physical Blockbuster stores operating in the United States. But only one of them has an epic Twitter account.
A Twitter account called @loneblockbuster claims to be the last Blockbuster store. They're located between 3rd and Main in the Oak Lawn Shopping Center. You know where that is, right? While it may be incredibly difficult to find this Blockbuster, they have plenty of excellent tweets to entertain you in case you can't locate them to rent Ace Ventura.
We're watching Titanic and the boobs part starts in like 15 minutes if you guys wanna get down here.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) July 30, 2017
In light of recent news, we're offering 20% off any movie where an American guy punches a Russian guy.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) July 27, 2017
Here at Blockbuster, we have one motto: If the hot oil from our popcorn machine scalds you, you get 25% off any candy purchase.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) August 1, 2017
A blockbuster gift certificate is a great way to apologize to your sister.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) July 13, 2017
A great way to improve your Blockbuster experience is to lower your expectations.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) April 28, 2017
A lot of people don't know this but we own a large portion of Netflix. Just kidding our electricity just got shut off.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) June 17, 2017
For decades people have said our business model will be our downfall and you know what? We have to commend them on their spot on analysis.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) June 7, 2017
If Blockbuster had embraced social media like this earlier, we'd probably never heard of Netflix. But then we wouldn't have Stranger Things, so it's probably for the best.