In 1993, the chain was the king of video rentals, with almost 3,000 stores operating worldwide.
"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening.
Alan Payne, who owns the two Alaska stores through a Blockbuster licensee called Border Entertainment, said he and his team realized nine months ago it wouldn't make any sense to renew the leases when they're up in August.
But come this Monday, July 16, the store in Bend, Oregon, will be the only one left. The once huge, now-endangered video chain has reportedly closed down two of it's final three remaining stores, Deadline reports. Oliver showcased it all on the show, and revealed that "Last Week Tonight" paid $7,000 for the jockstrap. The stunt brought plenty of attention to the location, but the video store just didn't get the influx of business it was expecting.
For the past few years, Alaska remained the only state in the USA where the video rental company still had a strong presence.
During the last five years, locations that operated as licensed franchises were able to continue business under the Blockbuster name, which is how these three locations managed to stay around as long as they did. The video rental outposts are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Some stores in more remote, less populated parts of the state began closing in the early 2000s.
We imagine you're now wondering where the last Blockbuster in the United States is.
It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store.
Now if you feel like pulling away from Netflix to go rent a movie like old times, you will have to travel to Bend, Oregon, where the final Blockbuster lives on. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video. Giving people recommendations, or checking the return box a for the tenth time just to see a little kid's face light up when you hand them the latest animated film.