In an era before streaming, there was a popular meeting point for countless moviegoers who wanted to explore a vast catalog of movies – in physical / home format – and rent some for the sake of enjoying it in the comfort of home … The franchise Blockbuster She was, at some point, the queen of the video store and it is her last store in operation (located in the city of Bend, Oregon, United States) that is about to be rented through the Airbnb platform.
This promotion was conceived by the manager of Blockbuster Sandi harding who decided to advertise the store on Airbnb « in appreciation of all that the Bend community did to support the store during these uncertain times » (according to an official statement) and to offer a full night of on-site lodging.
As of August 17, Blockbuster reservations (via Airbnb) will be opened in order for lucky moviegoers to set aside one of three nights available for space rental: on the 18th, 19th and 20th of the same month.
It should be noted that the possibility of reservation is limited to local residents and it will also be requested that guests from the same group (four, maximum) come from the same household. This, evidently to minimize the risks of contagion in these times of COVID-19.
« Over the past few months, we have missed regular visits from friends, neighbors and tourists from around the world, » Harding said. « So we’re opening up our store to three groups of Deschutes County guests for a socially estranged movie night, just like decades past! »
And yes, a formal cleaning is guaranteed prior to check-in for each set of guests – abide by the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – in addition to the offer of face covers, disinfectant wipes and antibacterial hand gel.
In addition to the emblematic shelves with home-made movies throughout the store, this Blockbuster – like any other apartment for rent by Airbnb – will boast a space that emulates a living room, consisting of a sofa bed, individual armchairs, two bedside tables with lamps and an entertainment center with a screen, controls, consoles and video players.
Interestingly, the rental price for one night is only four dollars! The cost of renting a movie in that store is $ 3.99, so those interested —probably the first three to request it— will only have to add a penny in order to “reserve a day of stay (plus taxes) for an unlimited marathon of movies ».
After the three days on Airbnb, other customers of this Blockbuster will be able to visit the premises and see the room equipped for a limited time. In addition, moviegoers around the world are offered the opportunity to contact staff by phone to receive personalized movie recommendations. Just call +1 (541) 385-9111 and tell your likes to the interlocutor to take advantage of this so-called Callgorithm. But if memorabilia is your thing, you might want to take a look at their online store.
Toño Guzmán I have a very bad memory. Out of solidarity with my memories, I choose to lose myself too. Preferably in a movie theater.