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Experience: I manage the last Blockbuster in the world

Life and style | The Guardian

It was just us and a store in Perth, Australia. They called the night they closed to wish us all the best

I remember watching my first rental movie when I was six years old. My aunt owned a video store here in Oregon and we borrowed a VHS copy of Poltergeist. I was sitting on my dad’s lap, and was so terrified I threw my pizza straight up in the air. We had low ceilings, and that pizza left an unholy stain. Every time I saw it I thought of Poltergeist.

In 2004, I was 33 years old, living in the small city of Bend and looking for a part-time job to help support our young family. My best friend suggested I might like working with her at Blockbuster, and I’ve been here ever since. Back then, there were five Blockbusters in Bend alone. The movie-rental business was at its peak: we were still stocking VHS tapes but DVDs were also coming in, and both were doing well.

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May 18th 2019, 4:34 am
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