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The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now On Airbnb

The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now On Airbnb

Remember the good old days when a trip to Blockbuster was the height of spontaneity? Before Netflix and Amazon Prime, deciding what you were going to watch on telly for the evening was a major event.

But if you're hankering to be scrolling the movie aisles once more then we have good news... there is still one Blockbuster open to the public.

The twist? It's now an Airbnb.

Still in its original form on the outside, the store, in Deschutes County, Oregon, has been listed by its manager Sandi Harding, as a way to bring back the "simpler times" and the "sense of community" lost in the midst of the pandemic.

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The inside has had an incredible refurbishment (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)
The inside has had an incredible refurbishment (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)

It might look like a bog standard Blockbuster shop, but inside it's had a serious makeover, with bean bags sofas and a fold out bed tucked amongst the video laden shelves.

There's also a huge wide-screen telly for you to binge your favourite films on, or settle down for a gaming sesh'.

As you'd expect from a Blockbuster, there's tonnes of 90s snacks, too, with old school packets of Doritos, Nerds and Raisinets lining the shelves, and buttery popcorn in abundance.

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Unlike usual Airbnbs, the store is encouraging people to visit for a film night, rather than use it a holiday home.

To grab a spot in the rather special Airbnb, you'll only have to fork out $4 (£3.07) per night - which is quite literally cheaper than some online movie rentals!

But the catch is there are *very* limited spaces, so you have to be lightening quick to nab one.

The whole place has a retro feel (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)
The whole place has a retro feel (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)

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Bookings will open here on the 17th August, and there will only be three one night stay slots available - each with the capacity for four people.

The three nights available to book are September 18th, 19th and 20th.

Given the current climate, there are coronavirus restrictions, too.

The four visitors in each stay have to be from the same social bubble (which isn't surprising, really, when you're going to be sharing beds and snuggling on bean bags together).

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And they can rest easy knowing that the property will be cleaned ahead of their arrival, and there will be face coverings, disinfectant wipes and "endless" hand sanitiser available, too.

There are snacks a'plenty too (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)
There are snacks a'plenty too (Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding)

If you don't bag a coveted spot but you're in the area, the Blockbuster will be opening for one final hurrah when the final guests check out, so locals can check out the living room space during store hours, for a limited time.

You can also buy Blockbuster merch from their online store, and even call them from anywhere in the world and take advantage of their 'Callgorithm'.

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They tease: "Tell us what you like and don't like, and a real human will give you tailored recommendations". How cool is that?!

Seriously, is there anywhere better to have a movie night?

Featured Image Credit: Airbnb/ Sandi Harding

Topics: airbnb, Travel News, travel

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]