The video emporium in Bend, Oregon has temporarily become Airbnb, inviting people to the ultimate sleepover.
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Make it a blockbuster night (in the truest sense of the word)! The ultimate video library Blockbusters What’s left in the world will open next month to a handful of lucky moviegoers who want to stay the night like no other.
… because the last BLOCKBUSTER in the world will offer movie lovers in Bend a sleepover on the theme of the 90s for a limited time – only on Airbnb. Who is down https://t.co/dd4yz1UtZP pic.twitter.com/NJEZK2wxeW
– Airbnb (@Airbnb) August 11, 2020
The rental business in Bend, Oregon closed Airbnb Tempo invites groups of up to four guests to grab a few snacks, put a movie on the video recorder and snuggle up on the sofa bed for a one-night stand.
This summer’s sleepover is more than just a creative fundraiser. It’s a love letter to “everything the local community has been doing lately to support the last of its kind in these uncertain times,” including celebrating the premiere of the documentary The last blockbuster. According to Airbnb, the event “gives Deschutes County moviegoers the chance to enjoy a 90s-style getaway to revive the bygone tradition of Friday nights that we remember.” And at 90s-themed prices, an overnight stay with unlimited movie marathon costs just $ 4 (plus taxes and fees).
Starting Monday, August 17 at 4 p.m. ET, locals can call Dibs on a radical (but socially distant) sleepover on September 18, 19, or 20. All guests must adhere to COVID-19 security guidelines. This means that each group must come from the same household. “If you call Dibs for this stay, you’ll be booking a night in the ’90s, but this time you don’t have to ask your parents to borrow the latest horror movie. We’ll give you the keys to any deal,” Airbnb said List.
Image: Blockbuster / Airbnb
While only a dozen people are eligible to enjoy this, all customers can visit the lounge area for a limited time during business hours (after the last guests have checked out).
With the advent of streaming services, traditional blockbusters became a relic: the company went bankrupt in 2020 before the TV operator bought the remaining 1,700 stores (up from 9,094 in 2004). Satellite dish network. While the Blockbuster brand has largely been retired, Dish had a small number of franchise agreements so some locations could remain open.
As of this year, there is only one store left on Third Street in Bend, Oregon. “I was wondering which of us would last the longest,” Harding said in a 2019 interview after stores in Western Australia and Alaska closed.
A new premiere for stationary companies has apparently revived people to get off the couch and rent films again. “We probably open 10 accounts a day,” said Harding, who has been running the Bend site since 2004. “It’s crazy how many people come in and want a blockbuster card. I don’t expect the store to close. I think we’re fine.” for a while “.
To celebrate the latest blockbuster and its community, Airbnb announced this week that it will be making a donation to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, a longtime partner in the business.