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Bend Blockbuster is last in US after Alaska's close

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the rest of the nation.
    
Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, says the stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night. The stores will get rid of their videos in a liquidation sale that starts Tuesday.


    
The closures come just two months after the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" sent a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" to the Anchorage store, which displayed it in an effort to ramp up business.
    
Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought business to the store. But it wasn't enough to counter a planned lease increase.
    
The closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the sole holdout. A spokesperson for the Bend store said they're excited to be the last one. Business there is good and they have no plans to close anytime soon. 

All Portland-area Blockbusters may have closed, but another local gem is going strong in Southeast Portland.

Movie Madness remains a popular video rental spot for movie buffs looking for obscure titles and things you won't find online.

"We're definitely one of the last holdouts," floor manager Zoey Reynolds said. "Hopefully it will be something that comes back into favor." 

Reynolds said it's cool that Oregon also has the last Blockbuster holdout.

Movie Madness customer Joanie Meyers said like local bookstores, relics like their shop need to be preserved.

"There's something that's getting lost because we don't have a meeting place to see the enthusiasm and love of movies," Meyers said. "It's just a real love of the art."

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report. 


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