A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, before Netflix and Hulu and even the World Wide Web, movies were released on VHS.
And when they were, entire families would pile into a car on Friday night, drive to the local Blockbuster video store, and race to the new releases shelf hoping to find their evening’s entertainment.
Sometimes they left with the last copy in the store — one that, perhaps, they fought other customers for as someone else dropped it off.
Now, thanks to the rise of Netflix and, to a lesser extent, a shift in shopping preferences, there will soon be only one Blockbuster left in the world, in Bend, Ore., The Times’s Tiffany Hsu reported Wednesday.
In our comments section and on social media, her article prompted an outpouring of memories from readers.
Here is a selection of their comments, which have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. What do you remember about Blockbuster?
Yes, strangely enough, I also miss them. I’m not a big movie fan — but they were great on a Saturday evening. I remember returning them and watching the clerk quickly open and view the tape to see if I had rewound it. A quick dismissive glance, if I had not, would almost chill the bones.
Online today you need to already know what you want to view. You locate it, purchase and view it. In the day of the rentals, you would walk along the aisles and view the titles. You would see movies you had never heard of before but interested you, or view ones that you had once enjoyed but had long forgotten. You would then carry home your small treasures. It is too bad that multiple methods cannot coexist these days. Why must it always be one method only? Surely there could be a market for both streaming and renting! Oh well, I guess not.
— Billy Ford, 69, Hudson Valley, N.Y.
I miss Blockbuster. My local one made me an honorary employee back in the ’90s, and even gave me a badge, because I rented so many movies. There is nothing like holding the box in your hands and reading about the movie inside. Looking at them online just doesn’t compare.
— Stewart Wilber, 72, San Francisco
I miss my video store. The pleasure of going to the store, reviewing the titles on the boxes and coming home with a rental is something sadly missing with today’s streaming services. When I lived in the UK, our local video store rented videos and sold wine (really!), so picking up a video and something to drink with it became a ritual. Sadly gone.
— Peter Chapman, 72, Ottawa
There was a girl who worked at my local store who knew her movies. She was amazing! She’d make recommendations based off what we saw and liked and we were never disappointed. I miss being able to go to someone who really knows their movies and their customer.
— Andi Janas, 30, Kailua, Hawaii, via Facebook
Every time I try to pick a movie on Netflix, I miss the Blockbuster employees. They really knew my preferences, indeed.
— Otávio Frederico da Costa Roma, 38, Rio de Janeiro, via Facebook
I worked at Blockbusters in Nanuet, N.Y. and Airmont, N.Y., on summers off from college, from 1997-1999. Best job I ever had. Still keep in touch with all my co-workers. In the Nanuet store on a Saturday night the lines were out the door. People would open the dropbox and fight for copies of “Braveheart” and “Casino.” We had to put a lock on the box inside the store so no one dumped it. I’m a movie wiz because of that job.
— Michelle Howe 41, Haverstraw, N.Y., via Facebook
My family didn’t have a lot of money growing up, we lived in a very small apartment and I didn’t have many friends at that young age. My dad recognized that and saved up enough money to get me a Super Nintendo for Christmas one year. It was rare for a while to own more than one or two games for it.
But some of my fondest memories are of him coming home after payday with a Blockbuster case and being able to play the latest Mario game with him. It’s wild that something so simple can be so meaningful. Of course it takes about 30 years to realize and appreciate the significance and value of your parents just trying their best, but better late than never. Blockbuster is just one of those nostalgia things for a lot of people.
— Jordan Geml, 34, Detroit, via Facebook
Be kind, rewind.
Kids today are missing out on so much.
— Tara Mokren, 34, Hamilton, Ohio, via Facebook
Thank you, Blockbuster! If it wasn’t for you, with the late fees, rewind fees and long lines, Netflix would never have had the room to enter the market with DVD by mail program. You rock!
— Jeff Notz, 50, Manassas, Va.
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六合高手网特彩吧【纪】【凡】【回】【到】【京】【都】【后】【比】【从】【前】【更】【加】【忙】【碌】，【只】【他】【回】【来】【对】【希】【希】【也】【不】【是】【全】【然】【没】【有】【好】【处】。 【至】【少】【他】【跟】【何】【保】【国】【的】【接】【触】【越】【来】【越】【密】【切】，【他】【们】【两】【家】【人】【相】【互】【间】【的】【来】【往】【也】【更】【密】【切】【了】【几】【分】。 【纪】【凡】【再】【如】【何】【不】【情】【愿】【也】【要】【带】【希】【希】【和】【叶】【回】【到】【何】【保】【国】【家】【做】【客】，【反】【之】【亦】【然】。 【两】【家】【的】【孩】【子】【可】【以】【在】【一】【起】【玩】【得】【好】，【除】【了】【纪】【凡】【其】【他】【人】【都】【是】【乐】【见】【其】【成】，【他】【反】【对】【似】【乎】【也】【没】
【从】【认】【识】【逸】【尘】【开】【始】，【大】【鹏】【就】【一】【直】【叫】【嚣】【着】，【要】【把】【禽】【族】【族】【长】【之】【位】【弄】【到】【手】，【享】【受】【一】【下】【上】【位】【者】【的】【威】【风】。 【可】【到】【了】【禽】【族】【领】【地】【之】【后】，【大】【鹏】【的】【这】【种】【念】【头】【很】【快】【就】【打】【消】【了】。 【不】【仅】【是】【自】【己】【没】【有】【足】【够】【的】【拥】【趸】，【而】【是】【觉】【得】【禽】【族】【族】【长】【之】【位】，【对】【自】【己】【不】【再】【有】【吸】【引】【力】，【甚】【至】【从】【心】【里】【逐】【渐】【排】【斥】【起】【来】。 【看】【了】【几】【次】【鹈】【鹕】【和】【火】【烈】【鸟】【的】【冲】【突】，【大】【鹏】【就】【深】【感】【厌】【烦】
【邱】【昆】【满】【意】【的】【看】【着】【迫】【不】【及】【待】【的】【余】【四】【轻】【点】【着】【头】，【这】【些】【年】【背】【地】【里】【的】【肮】【脏】【事】【让】【他】【去】【做】【了】【不】【少】，【若】【是】【余】【四】【这】【次】【办】【不】【好】，【被】【人】【抓】【住】【了】，【那】【也】【就】【不】【怪】【他】【要】【心】【狠】【手】【辣】【了】…… 【余】【四】【激】【动】【归】【激】【动】，【但】【仔】【细】【一】【想】，【邱】【昆】【这】【个】【老】【匹】【夫】【可】【不】【像】【那】【么】【好】【心】【的】【人】，【会】【平】【白】【无】【故】【放】【了】【他】？ “【敢】【问】【邱】【掌】【门】，【这】【次】【是】【让】【我】【做】【什】【么】？”【余】【四】【平】【复】【了】【下】【心】【情】【后】
【第】【八】【百】【七】【十】【二】【章】【铁】【甲】【重】【骑】 【许】【是】【早】【已】【见】【惯】【了】【这】【人】【世】【间】【的】【种】【种】【离】【别】，【也】【看】【透】【了】【是】【是】【非】【非】。【丹】【增】【上】【师】【口】【里】【的】【话】【音】【刚】【刚】【一】【落】，【这】【位】【老】**【竟】【然】【就】【这】【么】【直】【接】【朝】【前】【与】【赵】【祯】【轻】【轻】【的】【擦】【肩】【而】【过】，【一】【路】【悠】【悠】【然】【的】【走】【出】【了】【这】【一】【座】【小】【院】【儿】。 【言】【犹】【在】【耳】，【却】【终】【是】【再】【没】【有】【回】【头】！！ 【的】【确】，【密】【教】【的】【修】【行】【虽】【然】【神】【秘】【莫】【测】，【充】【满】【了】【种】【种】【不】【可】【思】【议】六合高手网特彩吧【帝】【位】【之】【争】【以】【意】【想】【不】【到】【的】【方】【式】【落】【幕】。 【没】【过】【多】【久】，【沐】【沁】【阳】【那】【里】【便】【传】【来】【了】【好】【消】【息】，【一】【年】【多】【来】【的】【动】【荡】【不】【安】【也】【彻】【底】【结】【束】【了】。 【盛】【京】【城】【很】【快】【便】【恢】【复】【到】【了】【之】【前】【的】【繁】【盛】，【战】【事】【平】【息】【所】【带】【来】【的】【安】【定】【压】【过】【了】【帝】【后】【崩】【逝】【带】【来】【的】【阴】【云】，【不】【论】【是】【谁】【当】【政】，【安】【稳】【不】【过】【才】【是】【百】【姓】【所】【期】。 【怪】【不】【得】【古】【人】【常】【说】【秋】【高】【气】【爽】，【这】【秋】【日】【的】【天】【空】【当】【真】【是】【高】【远】【啊】，
【在】【看】【到】【林】【娜】【琏】【这】【样】【的】【表】【情】【之】【后】，【李】【枫】【逸】【很】【明】【显】【就】【被】【吓】【到】【了】。【现】【在】【就】【算】【是】【个】【傻】【子】，【恐】【怕】【也】【能】【够】【看】【出】【来】，【这】【一】【次】【李】【枫】【逸】【的】【玩】【笑】【开】【过】【头】【了】。 【而】【林】【娜】【琏】【也】【用】【自】【己】【的】【实】【际】【行】【动】【告】【诉】【了】【李】【枫】【逸】，【什】【么】【叫】【做】【疯】【起】【来】【没】【有】【底】【线】【可】【言】。 “【握】【草】！【别】，【大】【佬】，【我】【认】【错】【了】，【我】【真】【的】【知】【道】【错】【了】，【那】【里】【不】【能】【咬】【的】【啊】。” 【林】【娜】【琏】【这】【小】【妞】【居】【然】
【当】【晚】，【朱】【永】【坤】【大】【摆】【宴】【席】，【宴】【请】【张】【三】【丰】【和】【柳】【云】【帆】。 【席】【间】，【柳】【云】【帆】【认】【识】【了】【百】【阶】【盟】【的】【各】【大】【灵】【塔】【境】【界】【的】【首】【领】。 【据】【了】【解】，【目】【前】【百】【阶】【盟】【一】【共】【有】【三】【十】【三】【个】【灵】【塔】【境】【的】【大】【能】，【之】【前】【有】【几】【个】【还】【都】【在】【百】【级】【台】【阶】【上】【试】【炼】，【所】【以】【柳】【云】【帆】【只】【在】【营】【地】【中】【看】【到】【了】【二】【十】【几】【个】【灵】【塔】【境】。 【朱】【永】【坤】【也】【算】【在】【这】【三】【十】【三】【个】【灵】【塔】【境】【中】，【朱】【永】【坤】【是】【他】【们】【推】【选】【出】【的】【百】
【卓】【慕】【雪】【直】【愣】【愣】【地】【现】【在】【神】【秘】【女】【子】【身】【边】，【有】【些】【不】【知】【所】【措】。【好】【在】【她】【蒙】【着】【面】【纱】，【没】【有】【人】【发】【现】【她】【的】【不】【安】。 【带】【她】【过】【来】【的】【人】【对】【着】【神】【秘】【女】【子】【说】：“【黑】【长】【老】，【她】【就】【是】【晋】【公】【子】【找】【来】【的】【人】。” 【神】【秘】【女】【子】【一】【点】【头】，【手】【一】【挥】，【房】【间】【内】【的】【人】【迅】【速】【退】【出】。【很】【快】，【只】【剩】【下】【她】【们】【两】【个】【人】。 “【把】【手】【伸】【出】【来】。”【神】【秘】【女】【子】【命】【令】【卓】【慕】【雪】。 “【为】【何】？”