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The last Blockbuster on earth is a Northwest destination

Visitors from around the world travel to Bend, Oregon to visit the former franchise's only remaining location. Sponsored by Visit Bend.

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The only remaining location of the video rental store is in a nondescript strip mall. 

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The Bend Blockbuster is located in a non-descript strip mall on NE Revere.

Movies are still checked out by hand and the décor hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years.

"It brings you back, it's like a time machine,” said assistant manager Ryan Martin. "There’s the old racks and the carpet smell that everybody talks about, weird stuff like that - the popcorn ceilings. We've kept the same IBM computers from the '90s." 

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Much of the interior is original to the 1990's, including the movie racks, carpet, and popcorn ceilings.

When the system needs a reboot, the manager still uses a floppy disc.

The nostalgic allure is so strong, people book trips just to experience it. Half a dozen guest books are filled with signatures from all corners of the world.

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More than half a dozen guest books are filled with signatures from around the world.

Kristin Rogers drove in with her family from Georgia.

"We heard this was the last Blockbuster and I was like, ‘Let's go see it!’" she said.

Even though it was once a mammoth chain, the last Blockbuster is hyper-local. It's independently owned, souvenir shirts are made by a nearby mom-and-pop store and souvenir magnets are handcrafted by a school teacher.

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Artifacts in the store's mini-museum include DVD's, clothing, catalogs and fan mail - all of it, donated.

Browsing is free, and visitors gravitate to the back of the store where a mini-museum of Blockbuster artifacts, memorabilia and fan mail are enclosed in glass. Every item was a donation, and more deliveries arrive every day.

"It's like, the mailbox is full right now, I can see it,” Martin said, looking out the store’s window.

Blockbuster is located at 211 NE Revere Avenue in Bend. You can follow the store on Twitter and Facebook.

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