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NBC News 22 May 2020

America's Last Blockbuster Gets A Boost From Film Buffs Staying At Home

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Movie lovers eager for nostalgia as they stay home are turning to the nation's last Blockbuster for their entertainment. The Bend, Oregon store is even advertising on a billboard.


With so many small businesses facing an uncertain future, the last Blockbuster movie rental store in the world isn't going to let COVID-19 bring it down. Inside Edition first profiled the sole surviving Blockbuster located in Bend, Oregon a year ago. In its heyday, there were more than 9,000 Blockbuster stores worldwide. Now, there's just one left, and Harding said the store has employed strict guidelines to stay in business while adapting to the pandemic.
Being stuck at home has many people trying out new activities, but not many are attempting to perform medical procedures on themselves. While his wife Kristin Bell and his two children looked on, actor Dax Shepard got on the phone with his doctor and attempted to pull a surgical pin from his broken hand. On the more cosmetic side of things, this 56-year-old grandmother is giving herself a facelift, using nothing but common household packing tape.
Stay-at-home, lockdown, quarantine, social distancing. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to stay at home- leaving millions with plenty of time on their hands, and one app, is cashing in. CGTN's Maria Galang reports.
South Florida officials say 1,200 from two docked cruise ships will fly to their home countries. Those who are mildly ill will be quarantined on board and some are being hospitalized locally. (April 3)

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STILL CLOSED, HOW ABOUT MAKING IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT.
ABOUT MAKING IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT. HERE IS JOE FRYER.
BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT. HERE IS JOE FRYER. >> Reporter: WITH OUR
HERE IS JOE FRYER. >> Reporter: WITH OUR SOCIAL LIVES ON PAUSE,
>> Reporter: WITH OUR SOCIAL LIVES ON PAUSE, MOVIE LOVERS ARE EAGER
SOCIAL LIVES ON PAUSE, MOVIE LOVERS ARE EAGER TO REWIND RENTING
MOVIE LOVERS ARE EAGER TO REWIND RENTING VIDEOS AT THE
TO REWIND RENTING VIDEOS AT THE BLOCKBUSTER IN BEND,
VIDEOS AT THE BLOCKBUSTER IN BEND, OREGON.
BLOCKBUSTER IN BEND, OREGON. >> RIGHT NOW THE WHOLE
OREGON. >> RIGHT NOW THE WHOLE TOWN IS STARTING TO
>> RIGHT NOW THE WHOLE TOWN IS STARTING TO SLOWLY OPEN BACK UP SO
TOWN IS STARTING TO SLOWLY OPEN BACK UP SO IT’S BUSIER THAN WE
SLOWLY OPEN BACK UP SO IT’S BUSIER THAN WE WERE.
IT’S BUSIER THAN WE WERE. >> Reporter: WE FIRST
WERE. >> Reporter: WE FIRST EVER VISITED IN 2018
>> Reporter: WE FIRST EVER VISITED IN 2018 WHEN THE STORE WAS THE
EVER VISITED IN 2018 WHEN THE STORE WAS THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER IN
WHEN THE STORE WAS THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER IN AMERICA, NOW IT’S THE
LAST BLOCKBUSTER IN AMERICA, NOW IT’S THE LAST NOT WORLD.
AMERICA, NOW IT’S THE LAST NOT WORLD. >> SO WE HAVE PEOPLE
LAST NOT WORLD. >> SO WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN GOING OH MY
>> SO WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN GOING OH MY GOSH, THERE IS A
COMING IN GOING OH MY GOSH, THERE IS A BLOCKBUSTER, HOW ARE
GOSH, THERE IS A BLOCKBUSTER, HOW ARE YOU STILL HERE.
BLOCKBUSTER, HOW ARE YOU STILL HERE. >> Reporter: THESE
YOU STILL HERE. >> Reporter: THESE DAYS ONLY TEN
>> Reporter: THESE DAYS ONLY TEN CUSTOMERS ARE ALLOWED
DAYS ONLY TEN CUSTOMERS ARE ALLOWED IN AT A TIME GUIDED
CUSTOMERS ARE ALLOWED IN AT A TIME GUIDED DOWN ONE-WAY AISLES
IN AT A TIME GUIDED DOWN ONE-WAY AISLES AND ADVERTISING ON A
DOWN ONE-WAY AISLES AND ADVERTISING ON A BILLBOARD.
AND ADVERTISING ON A BILLBOARD. WHAT ARE CUSTOMERS
BILLBOARD. WHAT ARE CUSTOMERS TELLING YOU?
WHAT ARE CUSTOMERS TELLING YOU? THEY ARE GRATEFUL?
TELLING YOU? THEY ARE GRATEFUL? >> YEAH, THE FIRST DAY
THEY ARE GRATEFUL? >> YEAH, THE FIRST DAY WE WERE OPENED UP, A
>> YEAH, THE FIRST DAY WE WERE OPENED UP, A GAL SAID SHE WAS SO
WE WERE OPENED UP, A GAL SAID SHE WAS SO HAPPY, SHE COULDN’T
GAL SAID SHE WAS SO HAPPY, SHE COULDN’T SIT THROUGH NETFLIX
HAPPY, SHE COULDN’T SIT THROUGH NETFLIX ONE MORE TIME.
SIT THROUGH NETFLIX ONE MORE TIME. THAT WAS THE FUNNIEST
ONE MORE TIME. THAT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING EVER.
THAT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING EVER. >> Reporter: THAT
THING EVER. >> Reporter: THAT JINGLE FROM THE PAST

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