May it’s true?
Blockbuster is generally a reminiscence for the reason that firm shuttered all its places — besides one in Bend, Oregon. However eagle-eyed followers of the the famed video rental chain of the 90s observed one thing change on the corporate’s official web site and rapidly took to social media to debate their findings.
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Upon visiting Blockbuster.com, a display with the corporate’s emblem seems with the phrase, “We’re engaged on rewinding your film.”
Blockbuster’s official web site homepage
Although the chain did not clarify why it selected to reactivate its web site (which had been dormant earlier than) with the cryptic message, Blockbuster joked about making a comeback and rebranding as a financial institution on March 15.
New enterprise concept: We will come again as a financial institution and use VHS and DVDs as forex. Time to go go to your mother.
— Blockbuster (@blockbuster) March 15, 2023
Many took to social media to specific that there may be a motive to imagine one thing huge is within the works for the video rental chain.
Are we turning again time?#Blockbuster #vhs
— 8bitblood (@8BitBlood) March 23, 2023
Whaaaaat is occurring?! ls this the return of @blockbuster?! Oh how we have missed you! pic.twitter.com/uzwG1UH3Xn
— Anyone (@HauntinglyHere) March 19, 2023
I managed a @blockbuster for years. Now that https://t.co/6nBFEjbouW has gone reside once more, in the event that they’re opening shops I could have to use.
— White Satan (@geauxbluse) March 23, 2023
May this be true? Is @blockbuster coming again? Until it is simply one other streaming service, Fridays evenings shall be lit. One thing about going to a brick and mortar on a weekend night shopping their movie choice. pic.twitter.com/ZiV9BbZjXQ
— Oscar (@HydeTheCatalyst) March 21, 2023
One Twitter consumer even requested the chain if it deliberate to return again as a “nimble retail franchise” to which the chain sadly replied “No,” although the chain has been replying to 1000’s of Tweets asking about what was occurring with varied unrelated film gifs.
At its top, Blockbuster operated over 9,000 shops and generated greater than $5.9 billion in income. The final remaining shops shuttered in 2014 — albeit one.
In 2020, Netflix premiered a documentary concerning the Bend, Oregon location aptly named “The Final Blockbuster,” which make clear the herds of vacationers that go to the shop to take a wall down reminiscence lane every year.
Final month, the final remaining retailer ran an commercial in the course of the Tremendous Bowl that rapidly went viral, and in keeping with retailer supervisor Sandi Harding, helped enhance gross sales by 200%.