The latest Blockbuster, located in Oregon, will be open for a private party in November thanks to a contest organized by Big Potato Games, a London-based board game company, in conjunction with the Blockbuster store.
Big Potato Games announced that it has partnered with the latest Blockbuster video store in the United States and the two companies will host a small group of people at the Bend, Oregon location for a night of movies and games at the store.
One lucky winner and up to four of their closest friends will get a chance to travel to the Beaver State and spend some time at the last surviving movie rental store, according to a press release issued by Big Potato Games.
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The winner and their travel group will receive $3,000 to cover their flights and lodging, which will take place on Saturday, November 12, from 7 pm to midnight.
Food, drinks, couches and a “huge TV” will be provided along with access to the “full catalog” of the latest Blockbuster, according to Big Potato Games.
The board game company is offering its new Blockbuster-themed game, Blockbuster Trilogy, as an entertainment option.
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The set includes Blockbuster: The Party Game, Blockbuster Returns, and Blockbuster and Chill.
Each game reportedly tests a player’s knowledge of blockbuster movies and is said to be suitable for ages 14+.
Aspiring contestants have until Sunday, October 30 to enter for a chance to win. The contest will close at 11:59 pm EST.
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Entries on BigPotato.com require an email address, birthday, and state of residence for consideration.
The winner will be randomly selected on October 30 and notified on November 1, according to Big Potato Games.
Blockbuster’s first store opened on October 19, 1985, in Dallas and grew to become a major video rental chain in the US and some international markets, according to History.com.
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The International Business Times reports that Blockbuster peaked in 2004 and the chain had about 9,000 locations worldwide, 60,000 employees, and was valued at $5 billion with revenues of up to $5.9 billion, at that time. moment.
Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in September 2010 and closed all of its corporate-owned stores in January 2014.
The surviving Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, was owned by a franchise and continues to operate today thanks to product sales, according to the location’s website, BendBlockbuster.com.
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Ken and Debbie Tisher reportedly opened the store in September 1990 after moving to the city of Bend.
The Bend location was featured in “The Last Blockbuster,” a 2020 documentary, and is currently serving as the inspiration for “Blockbuster,” an upcoming fictional comedy series on Netflix set to premiere on November 3.
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The series will star Randall Park as Timmy Yoon, who operates the latest Blockbuster store in the US, according to a synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes, a film and television review aggregation website.